Forty years ago, two unknown but dogged reporters relentlessly probed the circumstances of a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate hotel.
Their stories in The Washington Post led to Senate investigations, high-level prosecutions, and the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein set the standard for investigative journalism, and their careers have had an enormous impact on public expectations for government accountability.
At Monday’s Opening General Session, expect keen insights on current events focused through the lens of recent history.
Woodward’s latest book, “Obama’s Wars,” examines the White House as the young president faces critical decisions on the war in Afghanistan.
Woodward’s other books include “Plan of Attack,” examining George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, and “Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate.”
“Perhaps Watergate was the last time that all the elements of the American system really worked,” Bernstein suggests. As a political analyst for CNN and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, he continues to build on the themes he and Woodward first surfaced 40 years ago—the use and abuse of power in politics, finance, and the media.