The legendary editor for the legendary newspaper Washington Post, Ben Bradlee dies at 93. Sources say that Bradlee’s death was of natural causes and happened in his Washington home on Tuesday October 21. Bradlee had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past years.
Ben Bradlee has been a dedicated and hard-working editor and thanks to him and his newspaper, Richard Nixon was shooed away from the White House. Ben Bradlee was an executive editor for Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, and managed to become one of the most iconic figures in the history of journalism, turning The Post into one of the most important and respected newspapers in the US.
Ben Bradlee guided young reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in 1972 and helped them unmask the Watergate scandal, which become a lesson to be studied in journalism manuals, as well as important Hollywood movies. Bernstein and Woodward were given approval by Bradlee to pursue the Watergate scandal and also approved the famous “Deep Throat” source that remained unidentified.
The two journalists and Washington Post covered more than 400 articles on the Watergate scandal over a period of 28 months. Under Ben Bradlee the Washington Post won a Pulitzer prize for the coverage on the Watergate scandal, which made Nixon quit his mandate in August 1974 under threat on impeachment.
The Post’s articles, the book and the movie “All the President’s Men” about the famous political scandal remain important sources of inspiration for generations and generations of investigative reporters and journalists.
Ben Bradlee talked about the Watergate scandal with the American Journalism Review saying that, “I think the great lesson of Watergate was probably the stick-tuitiveness of the Post. The fact that we hunkered down and backed the right horse. I think that was a wonderful lesson for publishers, too.”
Bradlee had a close friendship with John F. Kennedy and wrote a book about their relationship in 1975 called Conversations with Kennedy.
One of his fellow journalists and friends, Carl Bernstein said about Ben Bradlee that he was “the most galvanizing, remarkable figure to work with and for…His life was really about the truth,”