Robert Upshur Woodward (born March 26, 1943) is an American investigative writer. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a columnist and is presently a partner manager there.
While a youthful correspondent for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward collaborated with Carl Bernstein; the two did a significant part of the first news writing about the Watergate outrage. These outrages prompted various government examinations and the possible renunciation of President Richard Nixon. Crafted by Woodward and Bernstein was classified “perhaps the single most prominent detailing exertion ever” by long-term news coverage figure Gene Roberts.
Woodward kept on working for The Washington Post after his writing about Watergate. He has since composed 18 books on American legislative issues, 12 of which beat smash hit records.
Early life and vocation
Woodward was conceived in Geneva, Illinois, the child of Jane (née Upshur) and Alfred Eno Woodward II, boss judge of the eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court. He was an inhabitant of Wheaton, Illinois. He enlisted in Yale College with a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) grant and considered history and English writing. While at Yale, Woodward joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and was an individual from the esteemed mystery society Book and Snake. He got his B.A. degree in 1965 and started a five-year voyage through obligation in the United States Navy.. Amid his administration in the Navy, Woodward served on board the USS Wright, and was one of two officers alloted to move or handle atomic dispatch codes the Wright carried in its ability as a NECPA. At one time, he was near Admiral Robert O. Welander, being correspondences officer on the USS Fox under Welander’s summon.
In the wake of being released as a lieutenant in August 1970, Woodward was conceded to Harvard Law School but chose not to go to. Rather, he connected for work as a journalist for The Washington Post while taking graduate courses in Shakespeare and international relations at George Washington University. Harry M. Rosenfeld, the Post’s metropolitan editorial manager, gave him a fourteen day preliminary however did not procure him on account of his absence of journalistic experience. Following a year at the Montgomery Sentinel, a week after week daily paper in the Washington, D.C., rural areas, Woodward was employed as a Post reporter in 1971.
Vocation acknowledgment and honors
In spite of the fact that not a beneficiary in his own particular right, Woodward made urgent commitments to two Pulitzer Prizes won by The Washington Post. To start with, he and Bernstein were the lead columnists on Watergate and the Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973.He was additionally the principle journalist for the Post’s scope of the September 11 attacks in 2001. The Post won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for 10 of its accounts regarding the matter.
Woodward himself has been a beneficiary of almost every significant American news-casting grant, 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). In 2012, Colby College presented Woodward with the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for gallant news-casting and a privileged doctorate.
Woodward has composed or co-wrote 18 genuine books in the previous 35 years. The sum total of what 18 have been national smash hits and 12 of them have been No. 1 national genuine hits—all the more No. 1 national verifiable successes than any contemporary creator.
In his 1995 memoir, A Good Life, former Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee singled out Woodward in the foreword. “It is difficult to overestimate the commitments to my daily paper and to my chance as editorial manager of that remarkable journalist, Bob Woodward—unquestionably the best of his age at investigative announcing, the best I’ve ever seen…. Also, Woodward has kept up a similar position over news coverage’s step as far back as Watergate.”
David Gergen, who had worked in the White House during the Richard Nixon and three resulting organizations, said in his 2000 memoir, Eyewitness to Power, of Woodward’s revealing, “I don’t acknowledge all that he composes as gospel—he can misunderstand subtle elements—yet by and large, his records in the two his books and in the Post are strikingly dependable and request genuine consideration. I am persuaded he composes just what he accepts to be valid or has been dependably advised to be valid. What’s more, he is unquestionably a power for keeping the legislature legitimate.”
In 2001, Woodward won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best unadulterated columnist of his age, maybe ever.” In 2003, Albert Hunt of The Wall Street Journalcalled Woodward “the most praised writer of our age.” In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, “Woodward has set up himself as the best correspondent within recent memory. He might be the best journalist ever.”
In 2014, Robert Gates former chief of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, said that he wished he’d enrolled Woodward into the CIA, saying, “He has an exceptional capacity to get generally mindful grown-ups to spill guts to him…his capacity to motivate individuals to discuss stuff they shouldn’t discuss is simply unprecedented and might be one of a kind.”