Political speaker for hire Bob Woodward is an investigative journalist and author, currently working for The Washington Post. Woodward began his tenure as a reporter in 1971 and has remained with The Washington Post, since becoming an associate editor. Beginning with his close covering of the Watergate scandal, Woodward has cemented himself as a reliable voice in American media.
Over the course of his career, Bob Woodward has been involved in many defining stories including Watergate, 9/11, the “Jimmy’s World” Scandal, as well as providing close coverage of the Bush and Obama administrations. Woodward made contributions to two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The Washington Post.
As far as personal accolades, Woodward has been recognized for his craft across nearly every outlet. He has received numerous awards including the Heywood Broun award, Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting, Sigma Delta Chi Award, George Polk Award, William Allen White Medal, and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency ranging from the 1970s to present day. In 2012, Woodward was presented with the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism by Colby College as well as being named an honorary doctorate.
Major news personality and Post executive editor, the late Ben Bradlee said of Woodward, “It would be hard to overestimate the contributions to my newspaper and to my time as editor of that extraordinary reporter, Bob Woodward—surely the best of his generation at investigative reporting, the best I’ve ever seen…. And Woodward has maintained the same position on top of journalism’s ladder ever since Watergate.”
Being a journalist involved with so many influential events across multiple decades, it is no surprise Woodward’s work has been the subject of a plethora of books and films. As a writer himself, Woodward has written or co-authored 18 books across 35 years, producing 12 No. 1 national nonfiction bestsellers, more than any other current author, with all books being national bestsellers.
Woodward has become a popular speaker, sharing his experience and insights with many groups, such as the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the Mortgage Bankers Association as well as on the TED platform. Woodward’s profits from his speaking engagements all go to his personal foundation, the Woodward Walsh Foundation. Additionally, Woodward frequently lectures at colleges and universities. He has given lectures and speeches at Central Connecticut University, University of Arkansas, University of Alabama, Eastern Connecticut State University, West Texas A&M University and more. He most recently delivered a speech at Kent State University in May, 2019.
Books: All the President’s Men, The Final Days, The Brethren, Wired, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, The Commanders, The Agenda, The Choice, Shadow, Maestro, Bush at War, Plan of Attack, The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat, State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, The War Within: A Secret White House History, Obama’s Wars, The Price of Politics, The Last of the President’s Men, Fear: Trump in the White House