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Robert D. Novak

Self Description

October 2004: 'Robert D. Novak was born Feb. 26, 1931, in Joliet, Ill. His first newspaper jobs were as a reporter for the Joliet (Ill.) Herald-News and the Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) Courier, where he worked while attending the University of Illinois (1948-1952).

Following service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Novak joined the staff of the Associated Press, where he worked in bureaus in Omaha, Lincoln, Indianapolis and later Washington, D.C., where he covered Congress.

In 1958, Novak left the AP for a position in the Washington Bureau of the Wall Street Journal as Senate correspondent and political reporter, becoming chief congressional correspondent for the Journal in 1961.

On May 15, 1963, Robert Novak teamed up with the late Rowland Evans, then congressional correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, to write the political column "Inside Report." One of the longest-running syndicated columns in the nation, it is distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 300 newspapers nationwide.

After 30 years on "Inside Report," on May 15, 1993, Rowland Evans retired from the column, which Novak is now writing three times a week.'

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2006: For three years, Washington has been periodically consumed with the question of who unmasked a covert C.I.A. agent to the columnist Robert Novak....reported that Richard Armitage, then deputy secretary of state, was the first to mention Valerie Wilson to Mr. Novak, and that the federal prosecutor knew this more than two and a half years ago.

August 2006: Robert Novak, the syndicated columnist, has been host of the forums since the early 1970’s and his role has long been the subject of debate. But in a recent e-mail advertisement, he promoted the event under an updated moniker: The Ultimate (Secret) Source.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Cooperation (past or present) Richard L. Armitage Person Nov 21, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Valerie Plame Wilson Person Aug 13, 2005

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Nov 21, 2007 Ex-aide: Bush, VP involved in misleading media

QUOTE: n October 2003, as controversy grew about the leak of Valerie Plame's name, McClellan stood at the White House podium and said that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, had not been involved. "There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes in his new book, "What Happened," which is to be released in April.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 19, 2007 Casual Lawbreaking at the White House

QUOTE: New evidence unearthed by House Democrats establishes that White House political adviser Karl Rove and many of his colleagues used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts for official business -- even though White House policy is clear that doing so is a violation of the Presidential Records Act. How did such casual lawbreaking come to be so widespread?

Washington Post
May 11, 2007 How the CIA Failed America

QUOTE: Tenet insists on equating two statements that are not at all the same: that Iraq was responsible for Sept. 11 -- which I never said -- and that removing Saddam Hussein before he could share chemical, biological or nuclear weapons with terrorists had become an urgent matter, which I did say.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2007 Defense Portrays Libby as Scapegoat: Jury Is Told About White House Rifts

QUOTE: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was "put through the meat grinder" by the White House shortly after the Iraq war began, scapegoated to conceal the fact that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, helped disclose an undercover CIA officer's identity, a defense attorney contended yesterday as Libby's perjury trial began.

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2006 Time for Answers

QUOTE: It’s conceivable that Patrick Fitzgerald, the federal prosecutor, has evidence that suggests the information in the memo was used in some illegal manner. Or his investigators may have learned something troubling about the second, unknown, source cited in Mr. Novak’s column, or about some other illegal activity. But whatever it is needs to be made public.

New York Times
Aug 21, 2006 Who Gets the Cash From a Forum by the Ultimate Source? No Secret.

QUOTE: In Washington, $595 buys a ticket to the Evans-Novak Political Forum...a twice-a-year gathering that features a speech by an A-list politician...[Robert Novak, host of the forum] has long batted away the charge that the forums violate journalistic ethics...journalists should not make money from interactions with the people they cover.

New York Times
May 03, 2006 The Politics of Leaking

QUOTE: There's a principle here, that journalists should have the right to ferret out information they deem to be in the public interest, even if it's against the law for sources to provide that information. But to be equally candid, people--even including journalists--applaud the leaks they like and denounce the leaks they detest.

Washington Post
Nov 16, 2005 Washington Post's Woodward Apologizes for Lapse on Leak

QUOTE: Mr. Woodward's disclosure also calls new attention to his unique relationship with the Post. As an editor, he still writes the occasional news article for the newspaper, but spends much of his time researching books about Washington politics and policy, often granting sources offers of confidentiality and agreements not to use their information immediately.

New York Times
Jul 24, 2005 Leak Riddle: Who's Playing Whom?

QUOTE: ...the conflict of interest that reporters routinely have with high-level sources who leak sensitive information. It is the dirty little secret of the Washington press corps, a kind of unspoken conspiracy in which reporters conceal not only their sources' identities but more importantly the underlying motives for the leaks.

Washington Post
Jun 30, 2005 Time Inc. Decides to Hand Over Notes of Reporter Facing Prison

QUOTE: Time magazine said today that it would provide documents concerning the confidential sources of one of its reporters to a grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a covert C.I.A. agent, Valerie Plame.

New York Times
Feb 16, 2005 Judges Order 2 Reporters to Testify on Leak

QUOTE: Reporters at the New York Times and Time magazine may be jailed if they continue to refuse to answer questions before a grand jury about their confidential conversations with government sources...

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2004 On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide

QUOTE: It's in the G.O.P.'s interest to pander to this far-right constituency - votes are votes - but you can be certain that a party joined at the hip to much of corporate America, Mr. Murdoch included, will take no action to curtail the blue culture these voters deplore.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2004 Journalist Cited for Contempt in Leak Probe: Reporter Refused To Discuss Sources

QUOTE: A federal judge found New York Times reporter Judith Miller in contempt of court yesterday and ordered her jailed for as long as 18 months for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity to the news media.

Washington Post