The journalist Robert Novak died Tuesday, Aug. 18, after a battle with brain cancer aged 78.
Syndicated columnist Robert Novak talks to reporters as he departs a federal court house after testifying in the perjury trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, in Washington in this Feb. 12, 2007.
The veteran journalist, who was an U.S. newspaper columnist and a staunch conservative, made headlines in 2003 after exposing the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. The revelations led to a criminal investigation into many senior Bush administration officials.
For 45 years Novak was the author of what was during his lifetime the longest-running current syndicated column in U.S. political history.
As well as writing his political column he also appeared on many shows for CNN, most notably on three former programs, The Capital Gag, Crossfire and Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields. Novak announced he had had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in August 2008 but despite a suggestion he might retire he continued to write.
His journalistic career began while he was still at school where he wrote for the Joliet Herald-News. after leaving school he gained further journalism experience as a sports writer for the Daily Illini, a student newspaper at University of Illinois. Resigning that position he went on to work for the local community newspaper, The Champaign-Urbana Courier, where he continued as a sports writer. Novak then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War reaching the rank of Lieutenant.