Michael Posner Obit


Michael L. Posner, 79, a wire service reporter in Washington from the late 1950s until the 1990s, died March 11, 2011, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. He had leukemia.

Mr. Posner spent most of his career working for the United Press International and Reuters news services.

During the early 1960s, he was one of the first journalists to report that Moscow was secretly sending Soviet troops and missiles to Cuba.

Mr. Posner left UPI in the early 1970s to work as the chief political reporter for Reuters, where he wrote about Congress and covered every political convention and presidential race between 1972 and 1997.

In 1998, he joined the now-defunct Legi-Slate News Service, which was then owned by The Washington Post. He later became a reporter for CongressDaily, which last year became the National Journal Daily. He retired in 2010.

Michael Louis Posner was born in Providence, R.I., and grew up in Portland, Maine. He was a 1953 graduate of Boston University and served in the Army for two years before joining what became UPI. He worked in several New England bureaus before moving to Washington in 1959 to cover the New York and New England congressional delegations.

He was a past board member of the National Press Club.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Andrea Mattson Posner of Washington; and two sisters. -- The Washington Post

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