Robin Toner Dies; N.Y. Times Political Reporter Was 54

Robin Toner, the first woman to become the national political correspondent for The New York Times, died early today following a battle with colon cancer. She was 54.

For nearly a quarter-century at the Times, Robin was best-known for her coverage of politics and elections. She was the lead reporter for the paper on the Bill Clinton campaign in 1992 and also covered congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. Robin was a familiar face at countless campaign events in Washington and around the country. In the 1990s, after marriage and the birth of twins, she held the title of senior writer, covering many social and political issues.

In addition to her twins, who are now 11, she is survived by her husband, Peter Gosselin, the chief economic correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

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