Robert Novak

American journalist and columnist (1931-2009)

Robert David Sanders "Bob" Novak (February 26, 1931 – August 18, 2009) was an American television journalist, writer and lawyer. He was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press before joining the Chicago Sun-Times as an opinion political columnist along with Rowland Evans.

Novak in September 2007

He, along with Evans began as a liberal supporter of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Nelson Rockefeller but soon moved to the right. By 1964 he was supporting Barry Goldwater for president. He was born in Joliet, Illinois.

Novak was a host and political analyst for the Cable News Network beginning in 1980. In 1982 he and Rowland Evans began hosting Evans & Novak on that network.[1] (That program was later called Evans, Novak, Hunt, & Shields after CNN contributors Mark Shields and Al Hunt joined the panel, and after Rowland Evans died, Novak, Hunt, & Shields.) He co-hosted Cable News Network's Crossfire. He was founder, executive producer, and co-host of Capital Gang on that network.[2] He was fired by Cable News Network in 2005, partially as a result of an incident where he stormed off set after cursing at fellow CNN political analyst James Carville. [3]He joined Fox News Network that year.

Novak died from brain cancer in Washington, D.C., aged 78.[4]


  1. Tim Brooks & E. Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-present page 427
  2. Novak, Robert The Prince of Darkness page 406, page457, page 542, page 584 2007 Random Houose
  3. " - Transcripts".
  4. Sweet, Lynn (August 18, 2009). "Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak dead at 78". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on August 20, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009.

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