Remembering Ben Bradlee
By: Legacy Staff
3 years ago
Famed Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee died Oct. 21, 2014, at 93.
Born in Boston in 1921, Bradlee served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working in the Office of Naval Intelligence. After the war he worked as a reporter at both the Washington Post and Newsweek before rising to the position of executive editor of the Post in 1968.
He became a national figure a few years later during the Nixon administration when the Washington Post and New York Times successfully challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers. Bradlee oversaw the publication of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's stories documenting the Watergate scandal, and was the only other who knew the identity of their informant Deep Throat.
"This man, through his pursuit of the truth in the Watergate scandal, inspired me to become a reporter. RIP Ben and thanks."
~ Katherine Beeson, Greenfield, Wisconsin
Through his tenure at the Post, the legendary newspaper editor helped to define the standards and aspirations of American journalism for more than a generation.