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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Upshur Woodward  

Pen Name: Bob Woodward

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: March 26, 1943 in Geneva, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Woodward was born in Geneva, Illinois. He was brought up in nearby Wheaton and graduated from what was known then as Wheaton Community High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for 44 years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for the Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, 12 of which have been #1 national bestsellers. Woodward graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the United States Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sentinel, where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post. Woodward resides in the Georgetown section of Washington DC and has presented at the National Book Festival on three different occasions. Webcasts from two of his Festival presentations can be accessed below. *[ 2006 Book Festival Webcast]*[ 2012 Book Festival Webcast]

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Titles At Your Library


-- Woodward has twice contributed to collective journalistic efforts that were awarded the ''Pulitzer Prize''. In 1973, The Washington Post won the ''Pulitzer Prize for Public Service''. Though the Prize was awarded to the entire Post staff, the citation specifically named his and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate as exemplary work. In addition, Woodward was the lead reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the ''National Reporting Pulitzer'' in 2002. He also was awarded the ''Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting'' on the Presidency in 2003. '''''All the Presidentís Men''''' * #1 Best Seller * Finalist, National Book Awards in Cotemporary Affairs with co-author Carl Bernstein, 1975 '''''The Final Days''''' * #1 Best Seller '''''The Brethren