Robert Upshur Woodward, known as Bob, was born in March 1943 in Geneva,
Illinois. He studied history and English literature at Yale, receiving his
B.A. in 1965, after which he spent four years as a Naval officer. He was
discharged as a Lieutenant in 1970 after serving as an aide to the Chief of
Naval Operations, Admiral Thomas H Moorer. He was hired by The Washington
Post but was let go after his two-week trial because he lacked any experience as
a journalist. After a year working for the Montgomery Sentinel, he
reapplied to The Washington Post and was given a job in August 1971. Less
than a year, later Woodward and Carl Bernstein were assigned to investigate the
burglary of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in a
Washington D.C. hotel called Watergate, which led to them uncovering various
"dirty tricks" used by Nixon's re-election committee. The resulting book,
All The President's Men, became a bestseller, and the movie staring
Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein turned them into
celebrities. The facts revealed in the book also directly contributed to
Since then, Woodward has continued to write books and work for The Washington Post, where he is now an associate editor. Woodward sees his books as "self portraits"; he says, "I go to people and I say I check them and I double check them but but who are you? What are you doing? Where do you fit in? What did you say? What did you feel?"
He lives in the Georgetown section of Washington and is married to Elsa Walsh, who writes for The New Yorker; they have two daughters.
This biography was last updated on 06/26/2016.
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