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Robert Shogan dies at 83; Times' Washington political correspondent
Robert Shogan dies at 83; Times' Washington political correspondent

Robert Shogan, a former Los Angeles Times national political correspondent who covered Washington for more than 30 years and wrote more than a dozen books on topics as diverse as the New Deal, violence in West Virginia's coal fields and the nature of presidential leadership, died Wednesday at a hospital in Washington, D.C. He was 83. The cause was pneumonia, family members said. Shogan was seen by his colleagues as a consummate reporter who managed to secure the trust of Washington insiders without becoming one himself. "He spoke the language of politicians and political operatives," said Richard T. Cooper, a retired Times reporter who also covered Washington. "He...

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