Bob Woodward Speaker

Bob Woodward

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning investigative journalist, author and associate editor, The Washington Post

Bob Woodward: Biography highlights

There is no bigger name in journalism than Bob Woodward. Author of 19 bestsellers, he provides a non-partisan behind-the-headlines look at what’s really going on in Washington. Bob looks at the state of the American presidency, the impact of Donald Trump both domestically and globally, whether Washington has forgotten the lessons of Watergate and the role of the media.

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Bob Woodward gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, Watergate’s theme of secret government has driven Woodward’s tough but fair and non-partisan reporting. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of Washington; revealing in meticulous detail what’s really going on in the halls power. Have the lessons of Watergate been forgotten? Is the media doing its job? Woodward offers an historical perspective as only he can. Woodward has written about the last nine U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is author of 19 bestselling books –13 were #1 –more than any contemporary nonfiction writer. His latest bestseller, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the deepest dive ever made into the first months of any America president. Currently associate editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971, Bob Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award including two Pulitzers.

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” Therein lays the genius talent of Bob Woodward.

No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open-up in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the political infighting, how we fight wars, the price of politics, how presidents lead, the homeland security efforts and so much more. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with most of the key players, including the president. This is why Fear: Trump in the White House sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 –breaking the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster –and nearly 2 million copies in hardback, e-book and audio in the first four months.

As a speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up to the minute and from the past (to provide historical context). Woodward speaks as he writes –crisp and concise –and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24-hour news, social media and snarky politics.

Professionally, Bob Woodward is currently associate editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News said “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.” Lloyd Green wrote in a review for The Guardian that Fear“ depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner’s manual.” The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time magazine has called All the President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Woodward has co-authored or authored 13 #1 national best-selling non-fiction books. They are:

  • All the President’s Men(1974) and The Final Days(1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein
  • The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court(1979) co-authored with Scott Armstrong
  • Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi(1984)
  • Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-87(1987)
  • The Commanders(1991)
  • The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994)
  • Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate(1999)
  • Bush at War (2002)
  • Plan of Attack(2004)
  • State of Denial: Bush at War Part III(2006)
  • Obama’s Wars(2010)
  • Fear: Trump in the White House(2018)

Woodward’s other national bestselling books:

  • The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat(2005)
  • The Choice(1996)
  • Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom(2000)
  • The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 (2008)
  • The Price of Politics(2012)
  • The Last of the President’s Men(2015)

News week magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories; “60 Minutes” has done pieces on seven of his books; three of his books have been made into feature films.

In November 2017, the online learning portal Master Class released “Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism.” In it Woodward reveals the lessons he’s learned during his career, teaching students what truth means, how to uncover it and how to build a story with it.

Woodward was born March 26, 1943 in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland), where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.

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National Automobile Dealers Association

“Bob Woodward KILLED IT yesterday. Most popular speaker we’ve ever had at this event. Thanks for a great suggestion! Now … how are we going to top it next year?!?”

Human Resource Policy Association

“Standing ovations are a rarity at our meetings. You were terrific. Keep up the great work!”

Duke University

“Bob Woodward’s format was perfect for engaging the audience. We filled the venue to its capacity!

Baird & Co.

Your presentation was outstanding. Your content was thoughtful, riveting and provocative. You deftly touched on the critical topics most on our investor’s minds.

Robert W.
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

As for Mr. Woodward’s performance, it was simply stellar. He held the sold-out crowd of 1,200 in his hand, hit all his press marks with grace, and handled the post-show meet and greet like a master.

Marketing Director
Canadian Real Estate Association

Bob Woodward was awwwwwsome. He spoke for 30 minutes and then sat down and we did a Q&A with our VP of Federal Affairs. He signed about 30 books for us and we had purchased some to sell as well. After his speech people lined up to say hello, get their photo taken and have books signed. I bet he was there for another 30 minutes. I really enjoyed him as I know others did, too.

Meetings & Events Planner CMP
The Wall Street Journal

The most celebrated journalist of our age.

Albert Hunt
Former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense

He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.

Robert Gates
SCG Legal

“Over the moon!One of our founding members at the banquet the last night said, ‘I’ve been attending these meetings for 30 years. This was by far the best ever. None of the others even come close.’ Survey results are already coming in and the results are off the charts.”

Stable Value Investment Association

“Mr. Woodward was wonderful. The group loved him. I knew he was an iconbut I didn’t realize how enchanted everyone would become with him. It was like Mick Jagger was at our event or a President.”

New York Bankers Association

“Bob Woodward was great! He was fascinating and he provided an interactive discussion. We were all thrilled!”

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)

Bob Woodward was terrific. He was extremely well received and had the audience hanging on his every word. We really appreciated his insights.

Vice President, Public Affairs
CoBank

Thank you for joining us at the CoBank Board Dinner. Your perspective on the changing nature of the Presidency was very well received. To a person, every comment about the dinner, and your remarks in particular, was glowing. I am grateful for your contribution making it a wonderful evening. Your remarks were educational, timely and entertaining. In short, it was a perfect message for our dinner.

President and CEO
Public Policy Forum

The evening was a resounding success, and Bob was just outstanding. What a nice and humble guy, too!

President
CBS News

Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.

Bob Schieffer
Integrated Academic Content, American Marketing Association

Bob did an excellent job, he was absolutely outstanding! Many have commented that his keynote was the best they have experienced.

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