William Safire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for the New York Times and speechwriter and aide to President Nixon, has died of cancer at the age of 79. Read more on William Safire’s death below.
William Safire was best known for his New York Times magazine column “On Language”.
Safire worked as a journalist and in public relations before serving as an aide to President Nixon during the 1970s.
The former college dropout set up what became known as the “kitchen debate” meeting between Nixon and the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
William Safire oversaw Nixon’s visit to China and the start of the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency in disgrace.
Safire joined The New York Times as a Washington-based columnist in 1973 and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary five years later.
Safire published numerous books on writing and language, his most recent, How Not to Write: The Essential Misrules of Grammar, was published in 2005.
Safire is survived by his wife and two children.
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