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Ben Bradlee Dead: ‘Post’ Editor Who Led Coverage Of Watergate Dies At 93

Tue, October 21, 2014 9:54pm EDT by 2 Comments
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So sad. ‘Washington Post’ editor Ben Bradlee, who led the coverage of Watergate and made the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers died on Oct. 21. He was 93 years old.

Ben Bradlee, who died of natural causes in his Washington home on Oct. 21 at the age of 93, will be remembered for transforming the Washington Post during his 26 years as its executive editor.

Ben Bradlee Dead: Washington Post Editor Who Led Coverage Of Watergate Dies At 93

The legendary editor was responsible for leading the coverage of Watergate and making the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers.

Bradlee joined the Post as managing editor in 1965 before becoming executive editor in 1968, Daily Mail reports. His vision elevated the paper to one of the top news outlets in the world.

The Post, under Bradlee’s leadership, broke the news in 1972 of the Watergate scandal, which would eventually take down President Richard Nixon.

Ben Bradlee’s Colleagues Remember Him

“Ben Bradlee was the best American newspaper editor of his time and had the greatest impact on his newspaper of any modern editor,” the publisher of the Washington PostDonald E Graham, said. Donald succeeded his mother, Katharine Graham, as publisher and Ben’s boss.

“So much of The Post is Ben,” Katherine said in 1994, three years after Ben retired as editor, according to the Post. “He created it as we know it today.”

Even Ben’s successor, Leonard Downie, Jr. had kind words to say about the late editor. “Ben’s influence remained very much alive at The Washington Post long after he retired, distinguishing the newspaper and our newsroom as unique in journalism,” Leonard said.

These words are so sweet and well deserved. Clearly, Ben left a mark on the world of journalism.

Our thoughts go out to Ben’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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