Sept. 21, 2007
By Anita Martin
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward will visit Ohio University to receive the Scripps School of Journalism's Carr Van Anda Award and deliver the next Kennedy Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. The lecture, to be held in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
Named one of the best investigative reporters in America by The New York Times, Woodward is assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He rose to prominence when his joint investigation with fellow Post reporter Carl Bernstein cracked the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon's political downfall.
"It's tremendous that someone of his journalistic caliber will come to speak to the university community," said Thomas Hodson, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, adding that Woodward also will speak that afternoon to a communication law class.
In his Kennedy Lecture, Woodward will offer an analysis of the behind-the-scenes debate, decisions and potential consequences of U.S. policies in Iraq and the war on terror.
Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award, and The Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his and Bernstein's reporting on the Watergate scandal. More recently, he led The Post's reporting on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, for which the paper won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. He won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.
Woodward's 11 No. 1 national best-selling non-fiction books – more than any contemporary American writer – include Watergate-related books "All the President's Men" (1974) and "The Final Days" (1976) and his most recent "State of Denial" (2006), which takes a critical look at the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq.
The Carr Van Anda Award is named for the former managing editor credited with shaping The New York Times' national reputation early this century. Van Anda attended Ohio University for two years in the 1880s before pursuing his journalism career.
The Kennedy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Endowment.