David Broder Dead at 81 Pulitzer winner covered politics for the 'Post' By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 9, 2011 12:34 PM CST 7 comments Comments Washington Post columnist David Broder in 2008. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Longtime Washington Post political columnist David Broder is dead at age 81 from complications of diabetes. The Post offers a lengthy obit for him here and his final column here. Broder covered every presidential election since 1956 and won a Pulitzer in 1973 for his Watergate coverage. The newspaper's Ben Bradlee called him "the best political correspondent in America" because he knew the system "from the back room up" and not just at the highest levels in DC.