Chronology of Key Events
Katharine Graham shortly after becoming publisher of The Washington Post.
(Courtesy of the Graham Family)
Born June 16 in New York City, to Agnes Ernst Meyer and Eugene Meyer.
Eugene Meyer purchases The Washington Post at a bankruptcy sale for
Works as a copy girl for The Post while still in high school at the
1936 to 1938
Attends Vassar College for two years, then transfers to
the University of Chicago; graduates in 1938.
Works as a reporter for the San Francisco News for nearly a year.
Returns to Washington and joins the staff of The Post, working in the
editorial and circulation departments.
Marries U.S. Supreme Court law clerk Philip L. Graham in Mount Kisco,
Gives birth to daughter, Elizabeth Morris Graham, "Lally."
A son, Donald Edward Graham, is born.
Philip Graham succeeds Eugene Meyer as publisher of The Post.
A second son, William Graham, is born.
A third son and last child, Stephen Graham, is born.
Philip Graham commits suicide; Katharine Graham takes over as president of The Post.
Decides The Post will print a copy of the Pentagon Papers, the “top
secret” documents detailing the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
Graham talks to reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward during the height of the Watergate coverage.
The Post begins its Watergate coverage with a story about a break-in at
the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate
Mrs. Graham becomes chairman of the board and chief executive officer of
the company; given the Zenger Award for Freedom of the Press and the
People’s Right to Know for her leadership in publication of the Pentagon
Papers and for authorizing the Watergate coverage. The Washington Post
is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its Watergate
Union pressmen strike for several months. The paper missed only one
day’s publication, and in the end broke the strike.
Donald Graham is named publisher of The Post, while his mother retains
her corporate positions of chairman of the board and chief executive
officer of The Washington Post Co.
Donald Graham succeeds his mother as chief executive and then as
chairman of the board. Katharine Graham became chairman of the board’s
Press Club’s President’s Award for lifetime achievement
in journalism; publishes her autobiography, “Personal History.”
Wins the Pulitzer Prize for “Personal History.”
Katharine Graham dies July 17, three days after suffering head injuries
during a fall
in Sun Valley, Idaho, where she was attending
an annual conference
of media executives.
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