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Tom Shales, Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic for The Washington Post, dies at 79

by | Jan 13, 2024

Tom Shales, a Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic for The Washington Post, who, states The Post, brought “incisive and barbed wit to coverage of the small screen and chronicled the medium as an increasingly powerful cultural force, for better and worse, died Jan. 13 at a hospital in Fairfax County, Va. He was 79.

“The cause was complications from covid and renal failure, said his caretaker, Victor Herfurth.

“TV critics in New York and Los Angeles traditionally had greater show business clout than one in the entertainment backwater of Washington, but Mr. Shales proved a formidable exception for more than three decades.

“As The Post’s chief TV critic starting in 1977, he worked at a newspaper still basking in the cachet of its Watergate glory, his column was widely syndicated, and his stiletto-sharp commentary on TV stars, trends and network executives brought him national attention and influence.”

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