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Early Life and Career

Woodward was born to Jane and Alfred Woodward in Geneva, Illinois, on March 26, 1943.

He enrolled in Yale University with an NROTC scholarship and studied history and English literature. He received his B.A. degree in 1965 and began a five-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy.

After being discharged as a lieutenant in August 1970, Woodward considered attending law school but applied for a job as a reporter for the Washington Post. Harry M. Rosenfeld, the Post’s metropolitan editor, gave him a two-week trial but did not hire him because of his lack of journalistic experience.

After a year at the Montgomery Sentinel, Woodward was hired as a Post reporter in September 1971.