“Haynes Johnson was one of my heroes when I started out in journalism & he did great work all his life,” tweets Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. “I’ll miss him.”
The Post’s obituary calls Johnson “one of the most incisive and best-connected reporters in Washington.”
Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. tells the paper:
Haynes was a pioneer in looking at the mood of the country to understand a political race. Haynes was going around the country talking to people, doing portraits and finding out what was on people’s minds. He was a kind of profiler of the country.
He died of a heart attack at 81.