Friday, May 10, 2019
RIP Robert Pear
Robert Pear, who covered health care and other national issues for 40 years at The New York Times, has died from complications of a stroke. He was 69. Pear’s last article was April 20 of this year. In the obit for the Times, Sam Roberts wrote:
“Mr. Pear went about his reporting meticulously and, to the wider public, inconspicuously. Appearances as a talking head reporter on cable news were not for him. Colleagues described him as an almost sphinxlike good listener, working in the Washington bureau newsroom standing up at a specially built desk that he had gotten used to after undergoing back surgery.
Yet his reporting — exacting, authoritative and closely read, particularly in Washington — spoke volumes. Allan Dodds Frank, an Emmy Award-winning business journalist, described him in an email as ‘the most important reporter in Washington you have never heard of.’”