Robert D. Novak

On May 15, 1993, Mr. Evans retired from the column. However, Mr. Novak continues to write the column three times a week. The column is carried by over 150 newspapers through Creators Syndicate.

One of the longest running syndicated columns in the nation, "Inside Report" has always been based on hard reporting. For over a quarter of a century, both columnists not only have criss-crossed the nation regularly covering politics, but also have traveled abroad to report wars, revolutions and international conferences around the globe.

Mr. Novak has covered great events and interviewed world leaders in every part of the world. His 1978 trip to China included an exclusive interview with Deng Tsiao-Peng that opened the way for normalization of U.S. Chinese relations.

Mr. Novak, with Mr. Evans, produces a twice-monthly newsletter, the Evans-Novak Political Report. Mr. Novak has written for most of the nation's periodicals and is currently a contributing editor for Readers Digest.

Mr. Novak's first book was Agony of the GOP: 1964. Since then, in collaboration with Mr. Evans, he has written Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power, Nixon in the White House and The Reagan Revolution. In November, 1999, Mr. Novak's newest book, Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000, was published.

He is a commentator for Cable News Network, where he co-hosts the "Evans and Novak, Hunt and Shields" interview program, appears on and serves as co-executive producer of CNN's political roundtable, "Capital Gang", regularly co-hosts "Crossfire" and appears occasionally on "Meet the Press."

Mr. Novak was a Radford Visiting Professor of Journalism at Baylor University in 1987.

Robert D. Novak
Washington Columnist and Commentator

Robert D. Novak was born February 26, 1931 in Joliet, Illinois. His first newspaper jobs were as a reporter for the Joliet Herald-News and the Champaign-Urbana Courier while attending the University of Illinois (1948-1952). Mr. Novak has a B.A. degree from Illinois and, in 1997, received the University's distinguished alumnus award. Mr. Novak has also received honorary doctorates from Kenyon College and the University of Illinois.

Following service in the United States Army as a Lieutenant during the Korean War (1952-1954), Mr. Novak joined the staff of the Associated Press in Omaha, Nebraska. Later, he was transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska, and from there to Indianapolis, Indiana, covering politics and the state legislature in both places. In 1957, the AP transferred him to Washington, DC, where he began covering Congress.

Mr. Novak joined the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal in 1958 as its Senate correspondent and political reporter, becoming chief Congressional correspondent for the Journal in 1961.

On May 15, 1963, Mr. Novak teamed up with Rowland Evans, Jr., then Congressional correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, to write "Inside Report", a political column published four times a week. Since 1966, the Chicago Sun-Times has been the home newspaper to the column.


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