Robert Novak Diagnosed with Brain Tumor
77-year-old Chicago Sun-Times columnist in hospital for biopsy
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2008 1:43 PM CDT
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak is seen in a 2004 file photo.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Newspaper columnist Robert Novak revealed today he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A biopsy is set for today to determine if the tumor is malignant or benign. “I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period,” Novak, 77, said in a statement.

"He's talking,'' an assistant said of Novak, who was admitted to a Boston hospital after becoming ill during a family gathering on Cape Cod. "He seemed fine." Novak has been a columnist for the Sun-Times since 1966, and his syndicated column is one of the nation’s longest-running.