Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies

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Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, has died.

Mr Bradlee, 93, died at his home of natural causes, the paper said.

As managing editor first and later as executive editor, raspy-voiced Mr Bradlee engineered the transformation of the Post from a sleepy home-town paper into a great national, bringing in a cast of talented journalists and setting editorial standards that brought the publication new respect.

Mr Bradlee had an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, helping to guide Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s coverage of the Watergate scandal.

Actor Jason Robards turned Mr Bradlee into a box-office hit with his Oscar-winning portrayal of the editor in the film All The President’s Men. Mr Bradlee’s marriage in 1978 to Post star reporter Sally Quinn – his third – added more glamour to his image.

He was one of the few to know the identity early on of the celebrated Watergate source dubbed Deep Throat, finally revealed publicly in 2005 as FBI official Mark Felt.

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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