Edward J. Walsh
||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (March 2014)|
|Edward J. Walsh|
|Born||Edward Joseph Walsh
March 5, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||February 14, 2014
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Heisler (m. 1965–2014)|
|Children||Catherine and Michael|
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Walsh graduated from the College of St. Thomas, now the University of St. Thomas, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1963. He did graduate work in journalism and political science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his reporting career with the Catholic Messenger in Davenport, Iowa followed by reporting for the Houston Chronicle.
In 1971, Walsh began a 33-year career with The Washington Post, during which he covered such events as Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel's indictment for mail fraud, Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign, and the Iran hostage crisis. In the early-1980s, he reported from Jerusalem, during the 1982 Lebanon War. He also interviewed Yasser Arafat in 1984. Upon returning to the States in 1985, he reported on every presidential election until his retirement from The Washington Post in 2004. He was also its bureau chief in Chicago, as well as national political editor in the early 1990s. From 2004 to 2009, he was a political reporter for The Oregonian of Portland, Oregon.
Since 2012, Walsh battled cancer, which spread from his lungs to his brain. In February 2014, at the age of 71, he died at his Portland home. He was survived by his wife of 48 years, Michelle Walsh ( Heisler), and their two children, Michael and Catherine.
- Obituary in The Oregonian
- Walsh recaps career for The Oregonian (2009)
- "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", David K. Shipler's account with Walsh in Jerusalem