The executive editor of The Post from 1965 to 1991, Bradlee oversaw the Post's prize-winning coverage of the Watergate affair. He came to journalism via Harvard, did a stint working for the State Department in Paris, before becoming a reporter and editor at Newsweek and The Post. In 1971, he defied the Nixon administration by publishing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of the Vietnam War and endured harsh criticism from Republicans during the early days of the Watergate scandal. Vindicated by Nixon's resignation, Bradlee was lionized in the movie version of "All the President's Men," where he was portrayed by Jason Robards. In retirement he published a memoir, "A Good Life." He still serves as a vice president for The Washington Post Co.
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