Robert David Sanders "Bob" Novak (February 26, 1931 – August 18, 2009) was an American syndicated columnist, journalist, television personality, author, and conservative political commentator. He became a reporter for the Associated Press and then for The Wall Street Journal. Raised in secular Jewish culture, Novak lived seven decades as an agnostic. He began to attend Mass with his 3rd wife, also a convert, then decided to convert a few years later. Rick Santorum was present at his baptism.