Roll Call Founder Dead At 90

Sid Yudain, the founder of the long-standing Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, died Sunday morning at the age of 90.

“He loved that paper,” said Lael Yudain, his wife. “He used to say that when he started, the Hill was a community. Now it’s a megalopolis.”

Yudain published the first issue of Roll Call in 1955, but ultimately sold the paper in 1986. Yudain continued working for the paper as a columnist.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sid Yudain,” said Keith White, managing director of CQ Roll Call, in a statement. “Sid’s vision for a newspaper uniting the congressional community was the stepping-stone for many D.C. publications that exist today.”



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