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Bob Woodward

Award Year: 
2000
Recipient Name: 
Bob Woodward
Brief Summary: 
Along with reporter Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward was half of one of the most famous reporting teams in history. The team from The Washington Post, occasionally called "Woodstein," uncovered an elaborate plot to re-elect President Richard Nixon in 1972. Woodward and Bernstein received a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1973.
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By Sarah Hill, class of 2003

It is nearly impossible to mention the Watergate political scandal of the 1970's without mentioning the name "Woodward."

Along with reporter Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward was half of one of the most famous reporting teams in history. The team from The Washington Post, occasionally called "Woodstein," uncovered an elaborate plot to re-elect President Richard Nixon in 1972. Woodward and Bernstein received a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1973.

Woodward was born in Geneva, Ill., in 1943, and grew up in Wheaton, Ill., a Chicago suburb. In a 1997 lecture at Stanford University, Woodward credited his job as a janitor at his father's law office as inspiring him to become a journalist.

"I looked at the papers on my father's desk the first week. The second week I looked at the papers in the drawer. The third week I looked at the papers on his partner's desk.

And the fourth week I looked in the drawers of his partner. And by the summer I was up in the attic looking through the disposed files," he said.

After graduating from Yale in 1965, Woodward joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a communications officer until 1970. He joined The Washington Post as a reporter in 1971.

Included among his eight #1 national best-selling books are Watergate tales All the President's Men (1974 ) and The Final Days (1976,) both co-written with Carl Bernstein; The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1976,) co-written with Scott Armstrong; Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (1987); The Agenda, Inside the Clinton White House (1994); and Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999.)

Woodward was named an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post in 1981. He continues to author books on prominent figures in politics.
 

"The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't know what you don't know." — Bob Woodward, 1997 "Watergate 25" guest forum, washingtonpost.com

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