Russell Baker, 93, Dies at Home

Pulitzer Prize winner Russell Baker died Monday at his home in Leesburg.

The passing of the 93-year-old writer, columnist and commentator was announced in The Inquirer and Mirror newspaper in Nantucket, CT, where Baker spent his summers.

Born Aug. 14, 1925, in Morrisonville in western Loudoun County, Baker was a columnist for The New York Times from 1962 to 1998 and hosted Masterpiece Theatre on PBS from 1992 to 2004. He won his first Pulitzer for distinguished commentary in 1979 for his Observer columns. His second came in 1982 for his autobiography, “Growing Up.”

He lived on West Market Street in downtown Leesburg.

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