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PRSSA 2019 International Conference

The Golden State of PR

San Diego | Oct. 18–22

bobBob Woodward
Author and Associate Editor
The Washington Post

PRSA General Session Speaker
Sunday, October 20
9:30–11 a.m.

Bob Woodward has been called “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever” by The Weekly Standard

As our Conference speaker, Woodward will pull the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to share stories that are sometimes surprising, sometimes shocking and always fascinating.  He blends stories that are both up to the minute and from the past to provide historical context.  Woodward speaks as he writes — crisply and concisely — and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24-hour news, social media and snarky politics.

All 19 of Woodward’s books have been national bestsellers, with 13 of them reaching the #1 spot — more than any other contemporary nonfiction author. 

No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up — both on the record and off the record — in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with key players. 

Woodward, who is an associate editor for The Washington Post,  has won nearly every American journalism award. The Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Woodward’s work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for Post articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks; this coverage won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In 2003, Woodward won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

Time magazine said that “All the President’s Men,” co-written by Woodward and Carl Bernstein, was “perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Three of Woodward’s books have been made into feature films, including the above-mentioned “All the President’s Men,” which won four Academy Awards.