In decades of Washington reporting and opinion-shaping, Novak established a syndicated newspaper column before becoming a regular commentator on national cable television.
Novak was a news-breaker, too: He was the first to report the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative, after her husband, ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly criticized the administration of President George W. Bush for alleged manipulation of pre-war intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. The federal investigation of the administration's leak of Plame's identify resulted in the conviction of then-Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter'' Libby, for obstruction of justice. In recent years, Novak had become well-known as an outspoken political commentator as co-host of the political talk show, Crossfire, on CNN, where he reigned from 1980 to 2005. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in July 2008, but continued to report and write. For the full Robert Novak obituary, click here.
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