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Robert Novak Awaits Results About Brain Tumor

July 29, 2008 11:34 AM
by Josh Katz
On Monday, conservative columnist Robert Novak announced that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is currently waiting for the results of a biopsy.

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Novak was with his family near Cape Cod, Mass., on Sunday when he fell ill, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital later revealed that he had a brain tumor. Novak said he will undergo treatment in Boston shortly.

In a statement, he said, “I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period.”

Novak had a biopsy on Monday to determine whether the tumor is malignant or benign.

Last Wednesday, Novak was also in the news for hitting a pedestrian in Washington, D.C., and driving away. But Novak said he was unaware of what had happened until a bicyclist alerted him to it. It is unclear if the incident last week is related to the tumor.

The conservative columnist and television commentator also made headlines during the Valerie Plame affair. In 2003, he was the first person to expose Plame as a CIA operative; officials in the Bush administration had sought to tarnish the reputation of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who spoke out against the war in Iraq.

Novak has written one of the longest-running syndicated columns in the United States for the Chicago-Sun Times. Upon the 45th anniversary of his column, which was originally cowritten with Rowland Evans, Novak wrote, “I cannot write a column without reporting, and I hope I can continue to do so and newspapers see fit to print me so that I can celebrate my 50th anniversary.”

Headline Link: ‘Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak says he has brain tumor’

Background: Novak hits pedestrian

Key Player: Robert Novak (1931–)

Related Topics: The Valerie Plame case; Novak’s aspirations

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