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Longtime ABC News Political Director Hal Bruno Dies

Hal Bruno, who was ABC News political director for much of the 1980s and 90s, died yesterday after a fall at his home in Maryland. He was 83.

Bruno spent 21 years with ABC News, retiring in 1999. He had better sources than anyone in the business, according to ABC News Washington Bureau Chief Robin Sproul, who, as a radio producer, worked with Bruno on the show “Hal Bruno’s Washington.”

“The number of county party chairman he knew across the country was mind-blowing,” Sproul tells ABCNews.com. “On election night he could call any one of them. They all knew him and they were all trying to get information to him and from him.”

A native of Chicago, Bruno joined ABC News in 1978. Before that, he spent 18 years at “Newsweek,” as a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, news editor and chief political correspondent.

Bruno is survived by wife Margaret, two sons and four grandchildren.

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