Legendary Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist | Author | Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Bob Woodward into the CIA. A journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal, today Woodward continues to pull back the curtain on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating.
Woodward, whose co-authored book with Bernstein, All the Presidents Men, won a Pulitzer Prize, continues the theme of secret government in all of his 20 books, all of which went on to become bestsellers — 13 of them #1. His latest book, Rage, is a close look at President Donald Trump’s handling of the various crises facing the US in 2020—including a global pandemic, economic disaster, and racial injustice.
No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect, and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up — both on the record and off the record — in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the budget wrangling, political infighting, how we fight wars, the price of politics, how presidents lead, the homeland security efforts, and so much more. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president.
Woodward is currently the associate editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Woodward also won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.
The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” In November 2017, the online learning portal MasterClass released “Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism,” where Woodward reveals the lessons learned during his 45-year career, and teaches students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it.
Woodward graduated from Yale University in 1965, and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland), where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.