Russell Baker was a journalist, memoirist, essayist, humorist, and television personality. Born in Loudoun County, he was raised in New Jersey and educated at Johns Hopkins. He served briefly in the military before beginning a career in journalism, working at the Baltimore Sun and then the New York Times, where he wrote the acclaimed “Observer” column. Baker won two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1979 for distinguished commentary and then in 1983 for his memoir Growing Up. He also received numerous other awards, including honorary doctorates from more than a dozen universities. He died in 2019.