Journalist Carl Bernstein to Speak at Elmhurst College on April 13

March 24, 2015 | by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Few journalists have influenced their own times as profoundly as Carl Bernstein.

When he and his Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story in the early 1970s, they helped define modern investigative journalism and changed the way a generation regarded those in power. For 40 years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.

Bernstein will provide a revealing look at media and government, from Watergate to the present, when he presents The Legacy of Ben Bradlee: Then and Now on April 13 at Elmhurst College.

Bernstein and Woodward’s work on the Watergate stories, with Ben Bradlee as their editor, led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In 1973 their investigation won a Pulitzer Prize for the Washington Post. Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years—the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual.

The author of five best-selling books, Bernstein is currently at work on several multi-media projects: a dramatic TV series about the United States Congress; a feature film with director Steven Soderbergh; and a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper during the Kennedy era (The Evening Star, where he went to work at age 16). He also appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine, and has been an on-air political analyst for CNN.

Bernstein’s talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available online. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

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