The world of journalism lost a true signature voice on Tueday with the death of Howard Fineman at the age of 75.

Born in 1948 to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Fineman seemed destined to narrate America’s greatest moments. He quickly established his reporting credentials at the Louisville Courier-Journal before ascending to Newsweek in 1980. Known for his encyclopedic command of policy detail and nose for a good story, Fineman later took his talents to MSNBC and the Huffington Post.

Whether detailing the Reagan’s historic struggle against Soviet tyranny or the sordid Clinton scandals threatening to unravel the presidency, Fineman blended comprehensive sourcing with a seriousness reflecting the gravity of America’s political affairs.

Fineman’s legendary status was cemented after he a became political TV analyst in his later years. Somehow, he remained anchored in old-school analysis that punched harder than the hyper-polarized media dominating America’s airwaves today.

To supporters, Fineman personified nonpartisan neutrality. To critics, his commentary amounted to partisan bluster cloaked in fake objectivity. Undaunted, the legendary newsman continued exposing the truth until eventually succumbing to pancreatic cancer at his home in the nation’s capital.

Love him or hate him, Fineman’s unwavering presence kept America honest even if for only a little while longer.

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