Carl Bernstein | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author

Carl Bernstein

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author

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Carl Bernstein

Few journalists have had the impact on history and their craft as Pulitzer Prize-
winning investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. From uncovering the Watergate
scandal with Bob Woodward to writing about national and international affairs for
half a century, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the
hidden workings of government and politics around the world.
Bernstein’s important on-air reporting and commentary on Donald Trump for CNN
has been widely recognized for continuing the kind of work he and Bob Woodward
pioneered during the Nixon presidency.
In 1973, Woodward and Bernstein were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their
Watergate coverage at The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of
President Richard Nixon and setting new standards for investigative journalism.
The pair went on to write two classic best-sellers: All the President’s Men (also a
movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman); and The Final Days,
chronicling the end of the Nixon presidency.
Bernstein’s recently released book, Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom,
became an instant New York Times bestseller, receiving extraordinary attention and
praise in reviews throughout the United States and Europe. In it, Bernstein
recounts his earliest days in journalism at the Washington Evening Star newspaper,
where he began his career during the Kennedy era as a 16-year-old copyboy. The
roots of his Watergate reporting can be seen in this remarkable apprenticeship as a
teenage reporter in the nation’s capital.
Bernstein’s other best-selling books demonstrate his unique range as a journalist:
 Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir, about his family’s experiences in the McCarthy era;
His Holiness: Pope John Paul II and The History of Our Time – a biography of
Pope John Paul II – that revealed the Pope’s pivotal role in the fall of communism;
and A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, acclaimed as the
definitive biography on the subject.
His magazine articles have appeared in Time, USA Today, Rolling Stone and The
New Republic. From 1999-2001, Bernstein served as editor and executive vice
president of, a pioneering website that Forbes named the best political
site on the internet. He has worked as Washington bureau chief and correspondent
for ABC News; and, while at the Washington Post, was also a part-time rock critic.

Bernstein lives in New York with his wife and is the father of two sons, Jacob
Bernstein, a reporter for the New York Times; and Max Bernstein, who plays guitar
for Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

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America’s Problem Is…the Cult and Culture of Washington

Today a permanent Washington class — members of Congress, lobbyists, journalists, bureaucrats — exercise a pervasive degree of concentrated power that would terrify the Founders (federalists and anti-federalists alike). This stultifying fact is perhaps our greatest challenge and obstacle to national progress. Carl Bernstein, born and raised in Washington, D.C., began working at age 16 for the town’s pre-eminent newspaper of the day — The Washington Star: he has since spent half a century as a journalist unraveling the mysteries of his native city. His latest work — including a documentary film he is making about Congress — examines a Washington condition that is strangling the country’s historic political and social progress.

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From his time as a copyboy at age 16 in the Kennedy era, through Donald Trump’s presidency, Bernstein reflects on the power of journalism and the concept of the common good as keystones of American democracy.

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