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David Broder 1929-2011

David Broder, the Pulitzer prize winning Washington Post reporter and columnist died today, due to complications from diabetes, the Post reports.

Broder was a fixture on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he appeared 401 times, according to EP Betsy Fischer. Fischer tweeted this photo of Broder when he celebrated 30 years of appearing on the show — “and that was 18 yrs ago!” she writes.

David Broder was 81.

A statement from Fischer, after the jump…

“‘Meet the Press’ mourns the loss of a true giant in journalism. David Broder was part of our ‘Meet the Press’ family since 1963, when he was just 33 years old. He appeared as a panelist and later a roundtable member a record 401 times during his remarkable career — and he was a true gentleman and first rate journalist every single time. David was beloved by the staff and crew of ‘Meet the Press’ throughout the years. We feel so incredibly honored and grateful to have worked with him. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and his colleagues at the Washington Post.”

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