Robert Novak, 1931-2009

The conservative journalist Robert Novak died on Tuesday morning after a battle with brain cancer, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. He was 78. He created his column, the six-times-a-week Evans-Novak Political Report, with Rowland Evans in 1963. Most recently, he wrote the famous column that outed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. “He was someone who loved being a journalist, loved journalism and loved his country and loved his family," Novak’s wife, Geraldine, said. The Sun-Times had been Novak’s home paper since 1966.