Trinity University Distinguished Lecture Series to Observe 40th Anniversary of Watergate

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Jul. 29, 2013

Trinity University Distinguished Lecture Series to Observe 40th Anniversary of Watergate

Journalists Woodward and Bernstein to share views on the White House from Nixon to Obama

Woodward and Bernstein

Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will be the featured speakers of Trinity's 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series.

SAN ANTONIO - Two names synonymous with launching the modern era of investigative news reporting will be the featured speakers of Trinity University's 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Laurie Auditorium.

Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post, will discuss, "Inside the White House: From Nixon to Obama." The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Information about ticket distribution will be announced as the event nears.

Although Woodward and Bernstein became household names in 1973 with their hard-hitting reporting on the abuse of power by then-President Richard Nixon in his attempt to be re-elected, both have continued successful journalism careers and have gone on to write several books. Ultimately, Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace, the practice of an independent prosecutor was born, and numerous conspirators went to prison for their role in the political imbroglio.

Together, Woodward and Bernstein wrote All the President's Men (which also became a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) about their coverage of the Watergate story, and The Final Days, about the denouement of the Nixon presidency.

Woodward graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career in Maryland and a year later joining the Post. He is currently an assistant manager editor at the Post.

He has authored or co-authored 17 best-selling non-fiction books. In addition to the Watergate books, his works include The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979), Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984); The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994), Bush at War (2002), and The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008.

Bernstein was born and raised in Washington, D.C., beginning his journalism career at age 16 as a copy boy for The Washington Evening Star. He became a reporter at 19 and, at the Post covered a multitude of beats, including police, the courts, city hall, the suburbs, race and civil rights, the anti-war movement, and Maryland and Virginia politics. He also was a part-time rock music critic.

In the 1990s, Bernstein expanded his reportage to examine the life of Pope John Paul II in a biography that was the first to detail the pope's pivotal, and often secret, role in the fall of communism. He also wrote a family memoir and has provided political analysis for CNN, Vanity Fair magazine, and ABC News.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by an endowment gift by Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Brown Sr. of San Antonio. For more information, contact the Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406 or visit