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Robert Novak

Robert Novak

Bob Novak was an American syndicated columnist, journalist, television personality, author, and conservative political commentator. After working for two newspapers before serving for the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he became a reporter for the Associated Press and then for The Wall Street Journal. He teamed up with Rowland Evans in 1963 to start Inside Report, which became the longest running syndicated political column in U.S. history.

During the Korean War, Novak served in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant. After serving from 1952 to 1954, he joined the Associated Press (AP). In 1957, Novak was transferred to Washington, D.C. where he reported on Congress. He left the AP to join the D.C. bureau of The Wall Street Journal in 1958, covering the Senate. He rose to the rank of chief congressional correspondent in 1961.

n 1963, Novak teamed up with Rowland Evans, a former Congressional correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, to create the Inside Report, a newspaper column published four times a week. In 1967, Evans and Novak set up a bi-weekly political newsletter called the Evans-Novak Political Report (ENPR).

Novak appeared on CNN on its opening week in 1980. Novak became a regular panel member of The McLaughlin Group in 1982, starring alongside McLaughlin, Al Hunt, and Mark Shields. Novak then became the executive producer of Capital Gang, which also featured him as a key member of the show. He also took over as host of Crossfire from Pat Buchanan.

Novak was married to Geraldine Williams from 1962 until his death in 2009. The couple had two children.


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