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September 23, 2014

Watch Sid Yudain Reflect on Roll Call (Video)

When Sid Yudain came to Capitol Hill in 1951, he knew something was missing.

“I thought this place really needs a community newspaper,” the founder of Roll Call said during a 2011 interview. “Over the years I noticed that the national and local newspapers paid little attention to the people in Congress or the community. … As time went on, I thought that maybe we could use a newspaper, just devote it to the Congress.”

Yudain, who died Sunday at the age of 90, said “The Newspaper of Capitol Hill” began as a combination of a local newspaper, fan magazine, trade magazine and The New Yorker, but concentrated on the people and community of Congress. He said the paper never used to identify a person’s political party unless writing about a political event.

“We had local briefs, we had birthdays, we had people who caught a big fish, we’d have a picture, we had weddings, new staff people,” Yudain said. “And one of the things we got some criticism for was we ran a hill pin-up every week, and regardless of the criticism the congressmen loved it; that was the first thing they looked at in the paper.”

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