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2009 First Commonwealth Lecture: Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

The 2009 First Commonwealth Endowed Lecture features Pulitzer Prize-winning author and investigative reporter Bob Woodward.

The lecture takes place November 4, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. Tickets are available at the HUB ticket window. Tickets are free but are required for admission.

About Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and nonfiction authors.

He has worked for the Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter and is currently an associate editor of the Post. He has won nearly every American journalism award, including the Pulitzer for his report on the Watergate scandal. He earned a second Pulitzer as lead reporter for the team that reported on the aftermath of September 11.

The New York Times has said, “Bob Woodward is the most famous investigative reporter in America.” Newsweek has excerpted five of his books in headline-making cover stories, 60 Minutes has featured three of his books, and three of Bob Woodward’s books have been made into movies. In his most recent book, State of Denial: Bush at War Part III, Woodward provides his inside story of a war-torn White House, and how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to Congress, and often to themselves.

Woodward has authored or coauthored fifteen nonfiction books in the last thirty-five years. All fifteen have been national bestsellers, and eleven have been No. 1 national nonfiction bestsellers—more No. 1 national nonfiction bestsellers than any contemporary author. He has written multiple No. 1 national nonfiction bestsellers on a wide range of subjects in each of the four decades he has been active as an author, from 1974 to 2009.

While a young reporter for the Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Gene Roberts, former managing editor of the New York Times, has called the work of Woodward and Bernstein “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”

Woodward lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Elsa Walsh, an author and writer for the New Yorker. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana.

Find out more about Woodward:

Early Life and Career
Woodward was born to Jane and Alfred Woodward in Geneva, Illinois, on March 26, 1943.
Watergate and Nixon
Woodward’s first book with Bernstein, All the President’s Men, became a number-one national bestseller in the spring and summer before Nixon resigned in 1974.
Impact on Journalism
Michael Shudson of the University of California, San Diego, wrote that Woodward’s and Bernstein’s reporting gave the tradition of muckraking “flesh and blood (Woodward and Bernstein) as well as an unforgettable knock-out-punch triumph (Nixon’s resignation).”
Deep Throat Revealed
The 2005 revelation in Vanity Fair magazine that W. Mark Felt, the No. 2 official at the FBI in 1972–73, was Woodward’s Watergate source “Deep Throat” all but ended decades of charges and speculation that the source was a composite of several sources.
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