By Jason Mendoza
Bob Woodward is an American journalist who was born on March 26, 1943, in Illinois. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 and is currently an associate editor there, previously having been a reporter for them. Woodward is most known for the reporting that he did on the Watergate scandal. This led to numerous government investigations which then resulted in the resignation of then-President Richard Nixon in 1974. He was paired up with a fellow journalist, Carl Bernstein, when Nixon was taken down.
Bob Woodward was paid to do investigative journalism, a form of journalism that deeply investigates a single topic of interest such as serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing. The New York Times website has some information that is definitely worth noting: Woodward has authored and co-authored 18 books, 12 of which were #1 national bestsellers. His most recent book that came out in 2015 was called, The Last of the President’s Men. Woodward also received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2002 for his coverage of 9/11.
He has been known to use unnamed sources in his reporting for the Post and also his books. American editor Michael Massing has stated that Woodward’s books are filled with long passages with no direction. Other journalists such as Joan Didion have had somewhat harsh comments on Woodward’s work. She has said that he assembles reams of often irrelevant detail, fails to draw conclusions, and make judgments. However, despite the criticism, Bob Woodward has still managed contain his almost iconic image.
American journalist Gene Roberts has called Woodward’s reporting on the Watergate scandal, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.” Bob Schieffer of CBS has said “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.” While he didn’t exactly say he was, he certainly is implying he thinks he definitely is. Even one member of the North Eugene High School staff has something to say about the Watergate hotel scandal. Glenn Saari, a school staff member who was around 17 when the Watergate Scandal took place, said “at the time two journalists uncovered the fact that President Nixon was using wiretapping to spy and gain info on the Democratic party. We had Nixon, now we have Donald Trump, who I feel is dishonest like Nixon.” Woodward has been admired by many fellow journalists. He always seems to be ahead of the game when an important event takes place. He is without a doubt an American icon.