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Reflections on the Watertown Daily Times’s Washington bureau

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Army Secretary John M. McHugh:

“During my 17 years in Congress and now as Army secretary, I’ve welcomed the opportunity to discuss political and military issues first with Alan Emory, and in recent years, Marc Heller. The D.C. bureau has been integral to providing relevant and timely information to the readers.”

Clifford May, president, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies:

“When I was at the NY Times and Sen. Moynihan would have press conferences (which were more like tutorials) for NY reporters in Washington, I believe Alan was the dean of the corps.”

Howard Fineman, commentator at the Huffington Post and MSNBC:

“I think when I came to DC a million years ago there was a well-known guy from the paper here ... (told it was Alan Emory) … Yes! Class guy.”

Lance Morgan, Washington communications strategist:

“When I was Pat Moynihan’s press secretary (1983-86), Alan Emory was the Dean of the NY Press Corps and was so acknowledged by the senator at every Tuesday gathering of the NY media. In keeping with his honorific, the gracious and esteemed Mr. Emory always had the honor of asking the first question and then listening — along with the rest of us — to whatever tutorial the gracious and esteemed Mr. Moynihan had in mind for the day.”

Bob Deans, former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association:

“Since the dawning of the Cold War, the citizens of Watertown have received first-hand reports from the nation’s capital by some of the finest journalists in the business. Not every community has been served in this way. But we’d all be better off if they were.”

Andy Alexander, former ombudsman for the Washington Post:

“The commitment of the Johnson family to maintaining Washington coverage, especially amid increasing financial pressures facing all newspapers, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Many loyal readers of the Watertown Daily Times may not realize or appreciate it, but they are special. Year after year, as Washington bureaus for smaller market newspapers became virtually extinct, they continued to enjoy aggressive, accurate and fair news coverage from their nation’s capital. It’s the kind of localized reporting that they can’t get elsewhere. It’s kept them informed about decisions that directly affect their lives. And it’s held their elected officials accountable.”

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