Latest from Matt Schudel

Ron Rosenblith, Democratic political strategist and Hotline co-founder, dies at 75

He was a campaign official and Senate chief of staff for John F. Kerry, then helped launch a political newsletter.
  • Jul 22, 2021

Elliot Lawrence, 1940s bandleader who conducted Tony Award shows, dies at 96

In a long career in jazz, on Broadway and on television, he won Tony and Emmy awards.
  • Jul 21, 2021

Jerry Lewis, California Republican who led House Appropriations Committee, dies at 86

He was praised — and criticized — for funneling earmarked federal funds to his district.
  • Jul 17, 2021

John F. Potter, first director of Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center, dies at 95

He was a longtime professor at the university’s medical school.
  • Jul 2, 2021

Elizabeth Martinez, writer and activist for Chicano and feminist causes, dies at 95

During a long life of social activism, she participated in the civil rights movement and was an outspoken advocate for Mexican Americans and women.
  • Jul 2, 2021

William Oldaker, lawyer, lobbyist and former FEC general counsel, dies at 80

He represented House Speaker Jim Wright during an ethics investigation that led to Wright’s resignation in 1989.
  • Jun 30, 2021

Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer-winning poet of ‘the difficult magic of the ordinary,’ dies at 82

He was known for his plain-spoken poems that drew universal meaning from everyday occurrences.
  • Jun 26, 2021

Richard D. Simmons, former Washington Post Co. president, dies at 86

He oversaw the surging business fortunes of the Post Co. in the 1980s.
  • Jun 22, 2021

Vance Trimble, who won Pulitzer Prize by exposing congressional corruption, dies at 107

He unearthed nepotism and self-serving financial dealings in 1959 and later published best-selling biographies.
  • Jun 19, 2021

Ronald J. Ostrow, deeply sourced Justice Dept. reporter for L.A. Times, dies at 89

He helped cover Watergate, Iran-contra and other scandals from the paper’s D.C. bureau.
  • Jun 17, 2021