The Washington Post Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Watergate

June 8, 2012

On the 40th anniversary of Watergate, a scandal that changed Washington and American politics forever, The Washington Post will bring together the reporters who first broke the story with other key players to discuss the legacy and significance of Watergate.
Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, Charlie Rose, Jim Lehrer, Fred Thompson, John Dean, William S. Cohen, Egil “Bud” Krogh, Richard Ben-Veniste, Timothy Naftali and Bill Weld are among the speakers at a special event hosted by Washington Post Live on Monday, June 11 at 6:00 pm ET at the legendary Watergate Office Building. Panelists will discuss The Washington Post’s groundbreaking investigation that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the government’s cover-up and the scandal’s lasting impact on politics and journalism.  

“No event marks the significance of journalism in American politics quite like Watergate, and it continues to fascinate us today. The Washington Post has a unique place in history because of its role in Watergate, and we couldn’t think of a better way to reflect on its legacy than with the key players who started it all,” said Marcus Brauchli, Editor of The Washington Post.   

Live updates from the discussion and video clips of the event will be available at washingtonpostlive.com

In addition to Washington Post Live’s Watergate event, The Post’s special coverage will include videos and photo galleries and reporting about where reforms passed after the scandal stand now and what we still don’t know about Watergate. The Outlook section will include an essay by Woodward and Bernstein and another from former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie, who will write about Watergate’s impact on journalism. Coming soon, readers will be able to download “The Original Watergate Stories," an eBook that collects the Watergate stories available on Amazon.com. 

This will be a rare opportunity to hear first-person narratives from Woodward, Bernstein and others, who will be speaking on the 11thfloor of the iconic Watergate Office Building, which is being renovated by building owner Penzance. Attendees will also be able to view a special exhibit on the historic 6thfloor featuring 80 portraits of the major participants surrounding the Watergate break-in from Laurie Munn.  Since Nixon’s campaign first broke into the space when it was occupied by the Democratic National Committee 40 years ago, the 6thfloor of the Watergate Office Building remains one of the best-known office spaces in the nation’s capital and the world.
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