David Broder, "Dean" of Political Writers, to Speak at Yale

David S. Broder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and political writer for the Washington Post, will deliver the Gary Fryer Memorial Lecture as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale on March 23.

Broder will deliver a talk based on his new book, “Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money,” at 4:30 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.; he will sign copies of the book in the same room after the talk. In addition, Broder will be a guest at a Master’s Tea at Morse College at 2 p.m. that day.

Broder, whose syndicated column is carried by 300 newspapers around the world, has been called the “dean” and “high priest” of American political writers, and columnist Richard Reeves and others have judged him “probably the most respected and influential political journalist in the country.” A magazine survey of editors and members of Congress rated him “Washington’s most highly regarded columnist” and the leader in integrity, accuracy and insight.

Among Broder’s numerous journalism awards was the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1973, the 4th Estate Award from the National Press Foundation in 1990, and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

Broder was born in Chicago Heights, IL, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Chicago. He joined the Washington Post in 1966 after stints with the New York Times, Washington Star and Congressional Quarterly.

Broder has covered every national political campaign and convention since 1960, traveling up to 100,000 miles a year. In addition to “Democracy Derailed,” Broder is the author or co-author of six other books. He is a regular commentator on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” and appears frequently on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and “Washington Week in Review.”

Broder has been a Fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke University.

The annual Fryer Lecture honors the late Gary G. Fryer, who served as Yale’s director of public affairs and special assistant to the president, and also directed the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, from 1994 until his death in 1997.

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