Journalist Robert Novak dies at 78

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Robert Novak, the political columnist and longtime co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, has died after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 78.

The veteran journalist died at his home in Washington Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which cited his wife, Geraldine. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

In recent years, Novak, nicknamed “the Prince of Darkness” for his unabashed conservative views, became a newsmaker himself. In 2003, he was the first to publish the name of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. The scandal led to a long-running criminal investigation into senior Bush administration officials.

Vice-presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements, though Bush later commuted his prison sentence.

Novak later joined Fox News for a brief stint before publishing his memoirs in 2007, titled Prince of Darkness: Fifty Years of Reporting in Washington.