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Conservative columnist James J. Kilpatrick dies at 89

August 16, 2010 |  9:22 am

James J. Kilpatrick, who rose from cub reporter to become one of the South's most prominent newspaper editors and the nation's most widely syndicated political columnist, has died. He was 89.

Kilpatrick's wife, Marianne Means, says he died Sunday night at George Washington University Hospital. Means says he was being treated for congestive heart failure.

TV watchers in the 1970s knew Kilpatrick as the conservative half of the "Point-Counterpoint" segment of the CBS program "60 Minutes." His sparring with liberal commentator Shana Alexander was famously parodied on "Saturday Night Live."

Kilpatrick's column ran in The Times from 1964 until 1986.

A full obituary will follow at

-- Associated Press

Photo: James J. Kilpatrick, longtime editor of the Roanoake (Va.) News Leader and a conservative columnist, with President Nixon at the White House in 1974. Credit: White House