Longtime “Washington Week” panelist McDowell dies

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Newspaper columnist Charles McDowell Jr., an 18-year panelist on Washington Week in Review and contributor to several documentaries by Ken Burns, died early this morning (Nov. 5) in Virginia Beach, Va. He was 84.

For Burns, McDowell appeared in an interview in The Congress, spoke a character’s voice in The Civil War and did voice and consulting work on Baseball.

He was a Washington Week in Review panelist from 1978 to 1996. McDowell also narrated or hosted other PBS programs including Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings, Richmond Memories and For the Record.

A memorial service is set for Nov. 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.