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newspaper columnist , television commentator

Robert David Sanders Novak, American Newspaper columnist, television commentator. Recipient American Council on Exercise award Cable Broadcasting Industry, 1990. Trustee Bullis School, Potomac, Maryland., since 1987, Phillips Foundation, since 1991. First lieutenant United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Society Professional Journalists, Washington Gridiron Club, National Press Club, Army and Navy Club.


Novak, Robert David Sanders was born on February 26, 1931 in Joliet, Illinois, United States. Son of Maurice Pall and Jane Anne (Sanders) Novak.


Bachelor of Arts Illinois, 1952. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Kenyon College, 1987. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Illinois, 1998.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University St. Francis.


Reporter, Joliet (Illinois) Herald-News, 1947-1951;reporter, Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) Courier, 1951-1952;reporter, Associated Press, Omaha, Lincoln, Nebraska, Indianapolis and Washington, 1954-1958;reporter, Wall St. Journal, Washington, 1958-1963;syndicated columnist, New York Herald-Tribune, Washington, 1963-1966;commentator, Corinthian Broadcasting, Washington, 1963-1965;commentator, Metromedia, Washington, 1966-1976;commentator, Radio-Keith-Orpheum-Features, Washington, 1976-1978;syndicated columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington, since 1966;commentator, Cable News Network, Washington, since 1980;commentator, National Empowerment television, since 1993. Public Evans-Novak Political Report, Washington, since 1967, Evans-Novak Tax Report, Washington, 1985-1992, Evans-Novak Japan Report, Washington, 1989-1992. Contributing editor Readers Digest, since 1979.



Trustee Bullis School, Potomac, Maryland, 1987—1998, Phillips Foundation, 1991—2009, Children Charities Foundation, 1994—2009, Youth Leadership Foundation, 2003—2009. Member of Society Professional Journalists, National Press Club (Fourth Estate award 2001), Army-Navy Club, Washington Gridiron Club.


Married Geraldine Williams, November 10, 1962. Children: Zelda, Alexander.

Maurice Pall Novak

Jane Anne (Sanders) Novak

Geraldine Williams

Zelda Novak

Alexander Novak