Chalmers Roberts, Noted 'Washington Post' Writer, Dies

By: (AP) Chalmers Roberts, a former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post and the author of a number of books, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Bethesda, Md., on Friday. He was 94.

The bulk of Roberts' reporting came in the 1950s and '60s as the Post's chief diplomatic correspondent.

He covered stories from the Cold War to the Watts riots in 1965.

Roberts also contributed to the Post's efforts to print the Pentagon Papers.

His deep understanding of the Vietnam War and his ability to report and write quickly are credited as part of the Post's success in publishing the papers.

Roberts' books include "First Rough Draft: A Journalist's Journal of Our Times," "The Nuclear Years: The Arms Race and Arms Control 1945-70," "Washington Past and Present," and "How Did I Get Here So Fast? Rhetorical Questions and Available Answers From a Long and Happy Life."


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