Ralph Z. Hallow, the longtime chief political correspondent for opinion and columnist for The Washington Times, died Saturday of complications from surgery in Delaware. He was 82.
Mr. Hallow, whose six-decade career included posts on the editorial boards of the Times, the Chicago Tribune and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was a celebrated fixture on the Washington, D.C., journalism scene, known for his gregarious personality, unstoppable drive and sharp sense of humor.
“Back when I first got here, you didn’t see Ralph when you entered the newsroom. You heard him,” said TWT president Christopher Dolan at the newspaper’s 35th anniversary gala in 2017. “Ralph’s booming voice and colorful language rose above the newsroom’s din as he worked the phone. It was a sight to hear.”
Not everyone appreciated Mr. Hallow’s relentless work ethic and zest for pursuing stories. President George H.W. Bush referred to him as the “horrible fellow” in his taped diaries, and once gave him a fake karate chop as he boarded the