Bob Woodward


On December 3, 2012, BSU was privileged to host and hear Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and executive editor of the Washington Post, Bob Woodward, as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Mr. Woodward’s path-breaking reportage about the 1972 Watergate incident uncovered criminal conspiracy at the government’s highest levels and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. With his colleague, Carl Bernstein, Woodward set the standard for generations of investigative journalism in the U.S. and opened the eyes of Americans to the concentration of power in the presidency and its potential for corruption. In the 40 years since, Woodward has had a tremendously productive career as a journalist, editor and political pundit, one that has included the publication of 17 non-fiction books on American politics. His Bridgewater talk, excerpted below, outlined the essence of good journalism and the daunting challenge of getting the story right.