Journalist, The Washington Post
Robert Upshur Woodward is an investigative journalist who was born in Geneva, Illinois on March 26, 1943. He enrolled in Yale University in 1961 with an NROTC scholarship, and studied history and English literature. He received his B.A. degree in 1965, and began a five-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. After being discharged as a lieutenant Woodward spent a year working at the Montgomery Sentinel, a weekly in the Washington D.C. suburbs, and was hired as a reporter for The Washington Post in September 1971. In 1972, he teamed up with journalist Carl Bernstein and the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal which led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Woodward’s first book with Bernstein about their reporting of Watergate, All the President’s Men, became a #1 national bestseller before Nixon resigned in 1974. The 1976 movie version of All the President’s Men became an instant classic with Robert Redford starring as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein. Woodward continued to work at the Post for more than 50 years where he became associate editor. He went on to cover nine U.S. presidents, write over 20 best-selling books, share in two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a recipient of nearly every major American journalism award, including the Heywood Broun award (1972), Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting (1972 and 1986), Sigma Delta Chi Award (1973), George Polk Award (1972), William Allen White Medal (2000), and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency (2002).
"There was a story every day. This was my life. I wasn't married. I had no family, no really serious girlfriend in town. I remember literally walking in on a Saturday night and saying, 'Any stories?'"