MARIETTA - In today's digital world, it may be difficult for the Class of 2013 to grasp exactly how a few reporters uncovered the Watergate scandal that brought down the Richard Nixon presidency.
Listening to one of The Washington Post reporters who was intimately involved may help clear things up for them. Carl Bernstein, the award-winning investigative reporter and author who shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watergate scandal, is the keynote speaker for the 176th Commencement at Marietta College on May 12.
"As an investigative reporter in the Watergate era, Carl Bernstein brought about a radical reconsideration of the expectations our citizens have for our elected officials," said President Joseph Bruno. "He has continued to be a voice for fairness and strong leadership, and his subsequent books on Pope John Paul II and Hillary Clinton, among others, continue his thoughtful examinations of that theme. We are fortunate to have him as a speaker during this, our year dedicated to the study of leadership."
Most of the graduates, of course, were not even born in the early 1970s, when investigative reporting into Watergate eventually forced President Nixon to resign on Aug. 8, 1974.
Bernstein and fellow reporter Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story while working at The Washington Post. Their relentless reporting on the scandal not only led to the demise of Nixon's presidency, but also the resignation and imprisonment of many other high-ranking officials. Bernstein, Woodward and The Washington Post were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973.
After the Watergate burglary, Bernstein and Woodward wrote the book "All the President's Men." The book became a best seller and was followed by another book, "Final Days."
Bernstein left The Washington Post in 1977 but continued his investigative reporting on politics and American media. He published articles in Rolling Stone, Time, The New Republic, Vanity Fair and USA Today and worked as the Washington bureau chief for ABC News.
Bernstein also wrote and co-wrote books such as "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton," "Loyalties: A Son's Memoir," "The Secret Man" with Bob Woodward, and "His Holiness: John Paul II" with Marco Politi.