Robert Pear, a reporter who covered health care policy and other national issues during 40 years at the New York Times, died Tuesday at age 69 from complications of a stroke, the newspaper reported today. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said, “Robert Pear was a giant of journalism. A story with Robert’s name in the byline was a must-read for all the policy world. And yet, for all of his achievements – including writing more than 6,700 articles in The New York Times – the outpouring of memories and tributes make clear that his talent and tenacity as a reporter were surpassed only by his compassion. The nation has lost a thoughtful and insightful reporter who helped bring much-needed clarity to complicated issues that affect us all. His integrity and professionalism will be part of his legacy and serve as a role model for future generations of journalists. The AHA sends our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Robert will be sorely missed.”

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