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Washington Post columnist David Broder dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Post's Pulitzer prize winning political journalist David Broder died on Wednesday at the age of 81 of complications from diabetes, the Post said.

It said Broder, "the dean of the Washington press corps," had a long career of reporting and column-writing that helped put him at the center of political journalism in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.

He died at the Capital Hospice in Arlington, Virginia.

His coverage along with that of other Washington Post staff during the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's subsequent resignation won a Pulitzer prize.

President Barack Obama issued a statement saying: "Like so many here in Washington and across the country, Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a true giant of journalism, David Broder."

"He built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation," Obama said in a statement.

Commentators such as the New Yorker magazine's Hendrik Hertzberg called Broder "relentlessly centrist" in a media landscape that did not prize moderation.

Politicians, too, offered similar sentiments in comments from across the political spectrum.

Connecticut Independent Senator Joe Lieberman said "America has lost a journalistic giant who defined the qualities of civility and excellence. I am saddened by the passing of David Broder whose work embodied fair mindedness and objectivity."

Former Republican Senator Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth released a statement saying that "Americans who yearn for fairness and objectivity in political journalism have lost a 'giant' in the passing of David S. Broder."

Broder, a Chicago native, leaves behind his wife Ann Collar, who became chairman of Arlington County's school board, four sons and seven grandchildren.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton and Greg McCune)

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