Bob Woodward rose to the national spotlight in the 1970s as a part of The Washington Post duo who broke the Watergate Scandal to the public. After President Richard Nixon resigned, Woodward began his book writing career with his journalism partner Carl Bernstein.
“Carl then, and still, has the ability to say what has occurred in the fewest words, with the most drama,” said Woodward.
The pair wrote All the President’s Men, which was later turned into an Academy Award winning film. Since then, Woodward has authored or co-written another 15 books. His most recent book is entitled Obama’s Wars and was the topic of his recent presentation at Benedictine University. More than 300 students and members of the public attended the event, and many students left inspired.
“He’s been important to American journalism and it was an honor to have him here on our campus,” said Sandy Kim, a senior at Benedictine.
“I actually was a journalist major when I came to Benedictine, so I actually aspired to be like Mr. Woodward and Christiane Amanpour because they report on the truth,” said Jessica Singh, another senior at the university.
Reporting the truth was a central theme to Woodward’s presentation. As a highly regarded member of the media, Woodward feels that in today’s fast-paced world journalists don’t take time to investigate, and says the public suffers because of it.
“Too much in the media is driven by impatience and speed,” said Woodward. “I tend to be patient and slow, and dig into things. I think we need more of that. I think in the end people realize that there’s so much hidden.”
Woodward’s presentation lasted 90 minutes and included an audience question and answer session. Many of the audience’s questions went back to the theme in Woodward’s speech, reporting the truth.
Woodward told audience members he doesn’t have a plan for his next book, but he told NCTV17 that if the situation in Libya develops, there may be a book there.
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