Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Woodward, famed for his Washington Post coverage of the Watergate break-in, will discuss the evolution of investigative journalism in Washington at a virtual Kennedy Political Union and School of Communication event on Nov. 12.
The event will be moderated by School of Communication professor Leonard Steinhorn and will concentrate on Woodward’s experiences covering the presidency, the evolution of his career and the state of investigative journalism.
SOC senior Amrutha Chatty, director of KPU, said that Woodward’s knowledge of the dynamics and power struggle within the White House is crucial for students’ understanding of how the election is playing out.
“We were looking for an expert on the presidency and elections for a post-election event, and there’s no bigger name in journalism than Bob Woodward,” Chatty said. “I’m looking forward to him talking not just about what unfolded, but how everything was covered.”
Woodward works as an associate editor at The Washington Post. He is the author of 20 books, including his most recent, “Rage,” which chronicles the early days of President Donald Trump’s administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and its handling of racial and economic unrest.
Woodward came under fire for his reporting process on the book, when he revealed that, in February, Trump knew the virus was significantly more dangerous than he publicly said. Media commentators criticized the veteran journalist for holding on to the information, arguing that he should have instead released it when it might have helped save lives.
Woodward told the Associated Press that he wanted to make sure Trump's comments were accurate.
“I think a lot of students will want to hear from him about what’s in the book, and the timing of the things in the book,” Chatty said.
The event will take place on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. EST, via Zoom. Registration is free for all students.