18 Dec 2009

Feature Guest - Ben Bradlee

From Nine To Noon, 11:43 am on 18 December 2009

Ben Bradlee published the Pentagon Papers and the Wodward Bernstein articles that ultimately forced Nixon s resignation

Ben Bradlee published the Pentagon Papers and the Wodward-Bernstein articles that ultimately forced Nixon's resignation. Photo CC BY Miguel Ariel Contreras Drake-McLaughlin.

Our feature guest this morning is one of the most influential newspapermen of modern times.

Ben Bradlee, at 88, is vice president at-large of The Washington Post, and was at helm of the paper through some of the the most turbulent times in modern American history.

He headed the paper's battle against the government to publish the Pentagon Papers, detailing decision-making on the Vietnam War.

And her oversaw the work of Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who, with the help of their informant Deep Throat, wrote the stories that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon.

During his time at the Post, the paper won 18 Pulitzer Prizes.

The grand old paper is now facing the same difficulties, of trying to survive in the internet era, and the financial problems plaguing many of the great mastheads.

To look back on his own career, the story of the Post itself, its glory days, and its future...

Ben Bradlee joins Kathryn Ryan on the line from Washington DC.