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Ben Bradlee

Newspaper Editor & Journalist
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Residence: Boston
Country: United States
BirthDay: 26 August 1921
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: October 21, 2014
Education: 1945 - Harvard University, Dexter School, St. Mark's School,
BIOGRAPHY

Ben Bradlee was bornon 26 August 1921 in Boston, American, is Newspaper Editor & Journalist. As an executive editor of one of the leading daily newspapers in the United States, Benjamin Bradlee went on to create history with his exceptional ways of journalism and investigations. Being one of the most famous newspaper journalists of his era, he is known to be responsible for publishing the infamous Pentagon papers and exposing the Watergate presidential scandal. Through his never-dying spirit and determination, he contributed news stories and reports to transform ‘The Post’ from an ordinary traditional paper into an influential and respectable metropolitan daily, during his 26-year long tenure. His observations and participations in meetings and conferences, though from the back-end, helped in shaping America, especially during the post-war period. With journalism running in his blood, he was nothing less than brilliant, charming, and game for leadership, which only added to his new and compelling techniques of covering stories, thereby becoming an inspiration for his staff and fellow workers. This larger-than-life personality, who considered journalism more than just a profession, also showed active participation in various institutions of education, history and archeological research. He was referred to as a ‘true newspaperman’ by the American President Barack Obama, upon his death.

TIMELINE
2014

He breathed his last on October 21, 2014, at his home in Washington DC, aged 93

2001

Graham on her funeral in July 2001, though it never graduated to a second level

1976

In 1976, the Watergate episode was replicated in the Oscar-winning film ‘All the President’s Men’, where Jason Robards played Bradlee

1975

He divorced Antoinette in 1975 and married Sally three years later in 1878 and had a son - Quinn Bradlee

1974

As a result of the investigations revealing his involvement to win a second presidential tenure, Richard Nixon was forced to step down and resign from the office in 1974, thus becoming the first president to do so in the US history

1972

In June 1972, he supported two young journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who covered the burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex of the White House

1971

In 1971, he and Katharine Graham, who headed the paper after her husband Philip Graham’s suicidal death, printed the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and won the case in the Supreme Court

1965

After working as a bureau chief for four years, he was promoted as a managing editor in 1965 and later executive editor in 1968, which he held till September 1991

1963

Two incidents in 1963 transformed his life altogether – Philip Graham’s suicide after a long battle with bipolar disorder in August and Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in November

1961

He earned fame when Kennedy was elected president in 1961 and thus, became the bureau chief, after which he convinced Graham to buy Newsweek, thereby becoming a life-changing deal for both Newsweek and The Washington Post

1957

While working in France, he divorced his first wife and married Antoinette Pinchot Pittman in 1957

1954

In 1954, he joined Newsweek as a foreign correspondent

1952

In 1952, he joined the US Information and Educational Exchange (USIE), where he broadcast the CIA-directed European propaganda, leading to the controversial spying and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in June 1953

1951

He found a friend in Philip Graham, an associate publisher, who helped him secure the job of an assistant press attaché in the American embassy, Paris, in 1951

1948

He sold the paper to William Loeb III in 1948, and began working as a crime reporter in The Washington Post, which changed his and the newspaper’s life forever

1946

When the war ended in 1946, he forayed into journalism, launching the New H

1942

He graduated in 1942 and joined the Office of Naval Intelligence, where he worked as a communications officer for three years on the destroyer USS Philip during the World War II, taking care of classified and coded cables

1939

In 1939, he joined Harvard College, continuing the lineage of his 51 relatives, where he majored in Greek and English, and joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program

1936

In 1936, he was diagnosed with polio, which left his legs paralyzed for a short period, but he fought back and developed strong arms, legs and chest, with regular exercise

1929

In 1929, the family’s smooth life was suddenly halted, when the stock market crashed, along with the family’s wealth

1921

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee was born into the Boston Brahmin Crowninshield family on August 26, 1921, in Boston, Massachusetts, into a well-to-do family, dating back to three centuries in Massachusetts Bay Colony

1600

He was born into the white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Boston family, with its ancestry tracing back to the Massachusetts colonists of 1600s

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