Friday, October 7, 2011

Veteran political reporter Rollin Post dead at 81

Rollin Post
Rollin Post, a political reporter for KPIX, KQED and KRON who covered nine presidential campaigns and 18 national political conventions, died Monday at his home in Corte Madera. He was 81.

His family said the cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The LA Times said of his 40-year career: “In an era of fluffy news and blow-dried personalities, Post remained a throwback to the era of his broadcast hero, Edward R. Murrow. He was not always perfectly coiffed or properly pressed, but he had a deep knowledge of politics, a love and respect of history and an impressive roster of contacts from the local precinct to national campaign levels.”

The Marin IJ obit notes that Post played himself in Robert Redford’s 1972 film “The Candidate.”

The Times said Post played an integral role in helping his friend and broadcast partner Belva Davis blaze a pioneering path as the first black woman hired to appear on the airwaves in California.


Anonymous said...

RIP Rollin Post.

I watched you and Belva back when I first moved out here in 1985.

tony said...

I remember when Rollin was at KRON and bounced off of Evan White. Rollin seemed to me (contradict me if you want) as being nonpartisan and even-handed. We need more reporters like that today.