David Broder died today. A lot of deservedly nice things being written about his life and his career (and don’t miss Carl Cannon’s take). Two I’ll add. Broder was one of the first in the national press corps to get the changes starting to happen around education politics in the later part of the 1990s and to recognize what that would mean for states and for national education policy. That’s probably because he spent a lot of time actually reporting. Although he didn’t write about education often in recent years he kept an eye on what was going on and was current when you saw him.
He was also incredibly generous with his time and a fundamentally decent person. He was great to me early in my career when he had no reason to be.