via the Washington Post:
I am so, so, so heartbroken to hear of the passing of Fred Hiatt, one of the kindest and most dignified people I’ve ever known. My heart aches for his family and every Postie whose life he touched. Goodbye to a good, good man. https://t.co/QbEMjch5RX
— christmas cheer liz bruenig (@ebruenig) December 6, 2021
Fred Hiatt was a remarkable person: a brilliant editor, a fierce journalist, and unbelievably kind. He brought me to the Post and believed in my work; he supported his writers in ways both large and small. Reeling from this loss. https://t.co/Dri5HR8Icj
— Christine Emba (@ChristineEmba) December 6, 2021
Fred Hiatt was a prince of a man. A champion of human rights, a kind friend and beloved mentor, a man who deployed his wit and brilliance to nudge all those around him toward a better, more humane, more democratic world.
I’m devastated by his loss.
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) December 6, 2021
Fred Hiatt was a brilliant, compassionate and supremely decent gentleman and one of the most important and accomplished journalists of his generation. @washingtonpost
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 6, 2021
My boss Fred Hiatt—who died today—was a man of great talent, unfailing kindness and restless idealism. He embodied what opinion journalism could be: morally grounded, fair minded, passionate but not bombastic, a friend to the vulnerable, a foe of bullies. He will be badly missed.
— Michael Gerson (@MJGerson) December 6, 2021
I’m shaking in shock as I type this…
Fred Hiatt hired me in 2014 when I had little experience as a journalist. Since then, he mentored and guided me and so many others during my time at @PostOpinions. He was brilliant, and above all, kind.
This is utterly devastating.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) December 6, 2021
Fred Hiatt is the reason I work for The Washington Post today. He was an incomparably kind & caring boss & a true friend. I am so so sad, but also incredibly grateful for the opportunities he gave me. Without Fred I’m not sure I’d be in journalism anymore. https://t.co/IiSDDdV1Tw
— Jason Rezaian (@jrezaian) December 6, 2021
Reading the many lovely tributes to Fred Hiatt, all capturing the man so well, and let me just add that if we all loved democracy and cared about human rights as much as Fred did, the world would be a much better place. RIP
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) December 6, 2021
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Fred Hiatt. Fred’s sharp intellect and wit enlivened any debate, and his leadership of the @washingtonpost editorial page helped set the standard for our modern age of journalism. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) December 6, 2021
Heartbreaking to lose Fred Hiatt today. He was a lifelong friend, colleague, and leading journalist of my generation. As the editorial page editor at the Washington Post he championed human rights, democracy and decency. He will be very deeply missed by all who knew him.
— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) December 6, 2021