Longterm DC Journlaist, Mike Causey, dies at 82

Mike Causey was the longtime Federal News Network host and columnist and a fixture in the Washington D.C. news scene for more than half a century. He was an exceptional journalist and also an exceptional person.

Causey was a popular figure in the newsroom who loved to share a funny story or joke, often approaching with a mischievous gleam in his eye.  He was also known for an ever-growing pile of print-outs, press releases, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and knick-knacks that partially hid him from view when seated at his desk.

Long-time columnist, and DC journalist, Mike Causey, dies at 82

Norman Causey, a longtime federal News Network host and columnist who went by Mike, and a fixture in the Washington D.C. News scene for more than half a century, died Monday. He was 82 years old at the time.

Causey had finished a recording that morning and was shortly thereafter found unresponsive at the desk in his office by a coworker. Efforts by staff members and Montgomery County. Maryland EMTs to revive him were unsuccessful. Mike, who died at 82 yesterday, made a newsroom somehow more fun and alive simply for his being in it. Causey was a rare bird. At once a throwback to an earlier era and a man totally in today’s swim. Mike was one of a kind.

His son Michael Causey confirmed about his death and said the cause is unknown.

Mike Causey’s Career

Mike was a great reporter in part because he loved telling stories. He spent 50 years of his life working on the Washington D.C Post. He was also a great reporter because he learned in a deep way what mattered to his Federal Diary, and later, his daily Federal Report columns.

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He was a great columnist because, even within his relatively arcane field of expertise, he was always reporting something new, always expanding the angles. Mike had been the co-host of The Federal Drive with Mike Causey and Jane Norris for several years, but it wasn’t quite working out. Mike was particularly acidic about TV or entertainment characters whose attempts at humor were overwhelmed by their pompousness or their dreary political orthodoxies.