Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt dies at 66


“He has been generous not only to his staff, but to me as well,” she said in an email. “From our conversation I expected some wise advice and serious mentoring, which came, but not before he spent half an hour trying to make me laugh with stories from writers. bad guys.”

Frederick Samuel Hiatt was born April 30, 1955 in Washington. At the time, his father, Howard Haym Hiatt, was a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health. When the eldest, Mr Hiatt, became dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, the family moved to Brookline, Massachusetts, where Fred grew up. Her mother, Doris (Bieringer) Hiatt, went to library school and co-founded a magazine that listed books for school libraries.

Mr. Hiatt went to Harvard, majoring in history and working for the campus newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, where he met Ms. Shapiro. They graduated in 1977 and traveled the world together for a year and a half. He started his career in the press at the Atlanta Journal, then joined the Washington Star.

When The Star closed in 1981, Mr. Hiatt joined The Post, where Ms. Shapiro was already working as a reporter. His first assignment covered the suburbs of Fairfax County, Virginia; he then attacked Virginia politics and the Pentagon. He and Ms. Shapiro married in 1984.

Besides her, he is survived by his father; her three children, Alexandra, Joseph and Nathaniel Hiatt; his brother Jonathan; his sister, Deborah Hiatt; and a granddaughter.

Mr. Hiatt and Ms. Shapiro were both sent to Tokyo in 1987 as co-heads of offices; It was the first time The Post had sent a couple to share a job on an assignment abroad. “We shared an office,” Ms. Shapiro said in an interview. “He was sitting on one side and me on the other. He would read my copy and I would read his. It was seamless.

It worked so well that the newspaper moved them to a similar job-sharing pace in Moscow, where they covered the fall of the Soviet Union.


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