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CNN shared this memorial to Robert Novak today and CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton released this statement:

“We are saddened by the passing of Robert Novak. He was a journalist of the old school, hard-working, practical and passionate about our profession. From its earliest days and for some 25 years, Bob shared generously with CNN and with CNN viewers his authority, credibility, humor and towering presence. We’re grateful to have worked alongside him and send our respect and sympathy to his family.”

TWT‘s Carrie Sheffield also share the “softer side” of Novak here.

And executive producer Betsy Fischer notes on Twitter that Novak appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” 248 times over his career.