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Sid Yudain

MDDC Hall of Fame Class of 2009: Roll Call Founder Sid Yudain
Sid Yudain, the founder of Roll Call, has been selected for induction into MDDC's Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Yudain began his publishing career as a young boy when he and his brothers produced their own newspaper on the family Remington. He's been publishing ever since, putting out papers in elementary and junior high school and taking over the newspaper his older brother founded at their high school
Yudain created an in-house staff newspaper for a Stamford, CT, radio station where he worked, for the California-based gun battery he served in during a stint in the Army, and for a Van Nuys hospital's cancer patients when he was sent there for a broken nose.
Side then became a magazine writer, covering Hollywood before joining the Congressional campaign of Al Morano (R-CT) in 1950. When Morano won the election and moved to Capitol Hill, he brought Yudain with him to be his press secretary.
In 1955, with a budget of $90, Sid began his next newspaper, Roll Call, with the goal of providing a community newspaper for Capitol Hill. Sid was the editor, publisher and often a reporter for the paper, while still working as a staffer for Morano who allowed Yudain to use his office as the newspaper's headquarters. The arrangement wasn't seen as a conflict of interests at the time. Yudain had accomplished establishing a much-desired means of communication among the Members of Congress.
It would prove to be a foothold and the beginnings of a Washington legacy; Roll Call is now considered a Capitol Hill staple and the leader in Congressional reporting.
In 1958, Yudain moved the paper's headquarters to a townhouse near the Capitol and began puglishing on a weekly basis. Because he had a meager shoestring budged and could not afford to hire reporters, Yudain gave "credentials" to Members of Congress who happily contributed stories to the paper. He even received and published articles from Vice President Richard Nixon and from then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson.
With assistance from lawmakers, family and Congressional staff volunteering their time, Sid developed an intimate publication, a must-read publication for those working on Capitol Hill, that was the only source for non-legislative news about Congress. Everyone on Capitol Hill wanted to read Roll Call.
Roll Call now boasts a staff of 70 people and publishes four days a week. During Yudain's tenure at the top of Roll Call, the bylines of some of Washington's most notable journalists graced it's pages—Mark Russell, Nina Totenberg, Karen Feld, and Walter Winchell. Yudain sold the newspaper in 1986, but continued to write a column for the paper until his final column on May 1,1988.
Yudain died on Oct. 21, 2013. Yudain was memorialized at the National Press Club and buried at Arlington Cemetery.

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