Bob Woodward to Discuss ‘Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in the 21st Century’

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Bob Woodward ’65 will discuss “Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in the 21st Century” during a conversation with Steven Brill ’72, LAW ’75, founder of the Yale Journalism Initiative, and Paul Needham ’11, journalism scholar and former editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News.

The discussion, sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, in the Yale University Art Gallery’s Robert L. McNeil Jr., Lecture Hall at 1111 Chapel St. The event is free and open to the public.

Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the newspaper.

While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. The Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for its coverage of the Watergate scandal.

In his latest book, “Obama’s Wars” (September 2010), Woodward offers an original account of the president and his team. Based on 18 months of behind-the scenes meetings and exclusive interviews with Obama, Woodward’s book reveals the president’s critical decisions about the Afghanistan War, the “secret war” in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

Woodward has authored or co-authored 16 non-fiction books in the last 36 years. All 16 have been national bestsellers and 12 of them have been number-one national non-fiction bestsellers — more than any contemporary author.

He has received nearly every other major American journalism award, including the Heywood Broun Award (1972), Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting (1972 and 1986), Sigma Delta Chi Award (1973), George Polk Award (1972), William Allen White Medal (2000), and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency (2002).

Newspaper mogul Nelson Poynter ‘27 M.A established the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale in 1967. Over the years, the fellowship has hosted lectures by eminent reporters, editors, broadcasters, filmmakers, columnists and critics, among others, in the news media.

Past Poynter Fellows include Tom Brokaw, David Brooks, Ira Glass, Soledad O’Brien, Charlie Rose and Margaret Warner.

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