Vice President At Large of The Washington Post, Ben Bradlee began his journalism career as a reporter for both the Post and Newsweek before becoming editor of the Post from 1968 to 1991. He is most notable for helping expose the Watergate Scandal by publishing parts of the Pentagon Papers given to him by Daniel Ellsberg. By publishing these, they eventually were taken to court and had to fight for the right to print them. They eventually won the battle against the government, and soon after, fifteen newspapers received copies and began publishing their own. He also supervised the publishing of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's stories highlighting the Watergate Scandal.
Ben was close friends with John F. Kennedy before he became the President. They lived right next to each other, sharing an alleyway, which gave him an advantage when needing interviews for stories. Later, he toured with both Kennedy and Richard Nixon on their presidential campaigns and wrote the book Conversations with Kennedy about their friendship.
Ben also published an autobiography in 1995 and received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown University in 2006. In 2013, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has been portrayed in several movies as well. He is currently the vice chairman of St. Mary's College of Maryland's board of trustees.
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