Famed WaPo Editor Ben Bradlee Now In Hospice Care

Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, left, and former reporter Bob Woodward talk during the program "Remembering Watergate: A Conversation" at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum... Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, left, and former reporter Bob Woodward talk during the program "Remembering Watergate: A Conversation" at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., Monday, April 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) MORE LESS
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Famed former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee is now in hospice care, his wife Sally Quinn said Sunday.

Quinn, who writes a column on religion for the Post, told C-SPAN that her husband began hospice care earlier this month. Last year, she gave journalist Mark Leibovich permission to report for the first time in his book “This Town” that Bradlee, 93, suffers from dementia.

“It’s been the most horrible experience I’ve ever had up until recently — and he’s still at home, I still have him sleeping in the bed with me and I will, until the end — a certain peace has come over me, and this feeling of serenity,” Quinn told C-SPAN. “Because what I thought was going to be horrible, the caretaking part of it, has become almost sacred.”

Bradlee can still recognize Quinn despite his declining health, she said.

The former executive editor is one of the most famous and respected newsmen of his generation, having helmed the Post in the era of the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate scandal. Last year, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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  1. This is very bad news. He’s an American original, and the last of a breed of journalists. Today they transcribe.

  2. You’ve done enough, Mr. Bradlee. Time for some peace.

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