‘Goodbye, Gipper’: How U.S. newspapers covered the death of Ronald Reagan



One of America’s most popular presidents died a decade ago, on June 5, 2004. From The Washington Post’s obituary, written by David Von Drehle:

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president of the United States, who transformed the Republican Party and substantially defined the terms of contemporary political debate during two momentous terms in office, died yesterday afternoon. He was 93.

Ten years after Reagan announced his Alzheimer’s disease in an open letter to the American people, he reached the end of his long twilight at his home in Bel Air, Calif., in the company of his wife and their children.

On June 6, The Post published four front-page stories about Reagan and his legacy, including one by biographer Lou Cannon.



Here’s how the news was played on the front pages of some other U.S. newspapers. All images are from the Newseum’s invaluable archives.
















































J. Freedom du Lac is the editor of The Post's general assignment news desk. He was previously a Local enterprise reporter and, before that, the paper’s pop music critic.
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