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From Watergate to Stony Brook: Carl Bernstein to Join Faculty

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein will join the faculty at Stony Brook University as Visiting Presidential Professor beginning September 1. He will co-teach and guest lecture with an interdisciplinary focus in courses for the School of Journalism and departments of English, History, Political Science and Sociology, as well as give lectures for the campus and local communities.

In the 1970s Bernstein and Bob Woodward became the most famous journalists in America when they exposed the Watergate story while working at The Washington Post, consequently bringing about the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Not only did they break the biggest story in American politics, they set the standard for modern investigative reporting and helped The Post win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973. Bernstein and Woodward went on to document the story in two classic best-selling books, All The President’s Men — also a multiple Academy Award winning film — and The Final Days.

Since Watergate, Bernstein’s career has had a continued focus on the use and abuse of power — political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual — in the prose he has created and the words he has spoken. He has written and lectured extensively about the inner-workings of government and politics, the American press, its role and its responsibilities.

Bernstein is the author of The Secret Man (also with Bob Woodward); the definitive papal biography His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time (with Vatican expert Marco Politi); Loyalties: A Son’s Memoirs; and national bestseller A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is also well-known for his magazine journalism, particularly “The Ballad of John McCain,” an account of the presidential candidate that he wrote in 2000 for Vanity Fair; his Newsweek/Daily Beast commentaries in 2011 about Rupert Murdoch; and a 1992 cover story for The New Republic, “The Triumph of Idiot Culture.” He has also written for Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

In addition to his writings, Bernstein is a frequent guest and analyst on television news programs. He is a former correspondent for ABC News, appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and has been an on-air political analyst for CNN.

Bernstein has several current projects underway, including a dramatic TV series about the U.S. Congress, a feature film with director Steven Soderbergh and a memoir about growing up at The Evening Star, where he began his journalism career at age 16.

— Lynne Roth

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