August 18, 2009
Posted: 04:42 PM ET
WASHINGTON — Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nation's most influential journalists, who relished his "Prince of Darkness" public persona, died at home here early Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer.
"He was someone who loved being a journalist, loved journalism and loved his country and loved his family," Novak's wife Geraldine told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Novak was remembered by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as "a good friend and a fine reporter. We spent many hours talking about the ins and out of Washington and Chicago politics together, and I will miss his friendship greatly."
Former Commerce Secretary William Daley was also a friend of Novak. Daley told the Sun-Times, "Bob was a proud Illinoisan proud of his Joliet upbringing and the university which he graduated.
"He was a tough reporter who was a conservative who believed in reporting and analyzing the politicians and what they said. He loved the Sun-Times, with lots of friends there. Even though he had a rough reputation, he cared deeply about people who were not the powerful. His sources were a multitude of people from every political persuasion. I was proud to be one of them."
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