- The Washington Times - Monday, May 7, 2007

Diane H. Bradley, a journalist with Voice of America for more than 30 years, died April 26 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District after a long battle against bile duct cancer. She was 58.

Mrs. Bradley began her career in Washington after working as an art teacher in Bogota, Colombia, and freelancing for a Colombian newspaper, El Tiempo. Her VOA career began in the Spanish branch, after which she worked for a time in the VOA policy office. Shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected president, she transferred to the news division, where she began as a writer and eventually was promoted to copy editor and duty editor. For the past six years, she was the managing editor of the central news file.

Mrs. Bradley was born in Detroit and attended schools in Saginaw, Mich., before moving to the Washington area in 1961 when her father, R. James Harvey, a Republican, was elected to Congress. She graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda in 1967 and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree with class honors from the University of Michigan in 1971. In 1976, she earned a master of fine arts degree as an evening student at George Washington University.

Mrs. Bradley met her future husband, David Bradley, in Bogota, where both were exchange students at the University of the Andes. Although they lost touch for a time, they began dating again when she returned to Washington in 1974.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, David Bradley of Bethesda; two sons, Philip Bradley and Scott Bradley; and her parents, Judge and Mrs. James Harvey of Naples, Fla. Her brother, Thomas M. Harvey, died in 2001.

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