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Carl Bernstein

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Author & Political Analyst

Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For 40 years — from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton — Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.

In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize.

Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years – the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual power. Renowned as a prose stylist, he has also written a classic biography of Pope John Paul II, served as the founding editor of the first major political website, and been a rock music critic.

The author of five best-selling books, Bernstein is currently at work on several projects: a dramatic TV series about the U.S. Congress; a feature film with director Steven Soderbergh; and a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper during the Kennedy era.

Bernstein has written for Vanity Fair, Time, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic. He was a Washington bureau chief and correspondent for ABC News. He has also appeared as a political analyst for CNN and MSNBC.