September 15, 2003 by

Warren Rogers

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Warren Joseph Rogers Jr., an author and political reporter, died on Aug. 31 from a perforated ulcer. He was 81.
Rogers joined the U.S. Marine Corps to serve at Guadalcanal and Tulagi during World War II. When he returned to the states, he landed his first journalism job working as a copy boy for the New Orleans Morning Tribune. Within two years, he was hired to cover Louisiana politics as a correspondent for the Associated Press.
He joined the Washington bureau of the New York Herald Tribune in 1959, became bureau chief for Hearst in 1963, then was named Washington Editor for Look Magazine in 1966. During his time in the capital, Rogers covered the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, the White House and the McCarthy hearings. His 10 trips to Vietnam earned him an Overseas Press Club of New York Citation for best reporting and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In the 1970s, Rogers wrote the political column, “Countdown,” for the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate.
A die-hard newshound, Rogers was the former president of the National Press Club and a member of the Gridiron Club. He was also the author of five historical books, including “When I Think of Bobby: A Personal Memoir of the Kennedy Years.”

One Response to Warren Rogers

  1. Brad Nash

    I knew Warren when he was 36 years old. He was the father of my first girlfriend, Patricia.
    Warren inspired me to learn all I could about Vietnam, which validated my position throughout the Vietnam tragedy. I never missed a program when he was on “Meet the Press”. Warren’s influence and my respect for him led me to work in the newsroom of “The Washington Post”.
    I never had the opportunity in life to apologize
    or thank this man, even when he lived on the North Carolina Outer Banks at the same time as I. I will always remember Warren Rogers, Jr.

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