Carl Bernstein

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist/Author & Political Analyst

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Bernstein addresses the increasing dysfunction of America’s governmental institutions and its devolving political-media culture.  Though his presentation is a hard-eyed analysis, it is accompanied by rapier wit and constructive ideas for reversing the most consequential areas of national decline: the Congress of the United States (“the broken branch”), an increasingly secretive American presidency, an economy tilted against middle-class citizens, and a media landscape littered with misinformation and disinformation.  His presentation – as regular viewers of Morning Joe and other broadcasts on which he appears can attest – is filled with both good humor and acute examination.

Carl Bernstein gave generously of his time while he interacted with students, faculty, and community members. The Q&A session after his speech was one of the most lively and engaged I’ve ever seen.

- Bradley University

About Carl Bernstein

Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For forty years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.

In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years–the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual power. Renowned as a prose stylist, he has also written a classic biography of Pope John Paul II, served as the founding editor of the first major political website, and been a rock critic.

The author of five best-selling books, Bernstein is currently at work on several multi-media projects: a dramatic TV series about the United States Congress; a feature film with director Steven Soderbergh; and a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper during the Kennedy era (The Evening Star, where he went to work at age 16).  He also appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe,  is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine, and has been an on-air political analyst for CNN.

His most recent book was the national best-seller A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, acclaimed as the definitive biography of its subject, published by Knopf.

Speech Topics

  • Rock and Roll, Pope John Paul II, and the Fall of Communism
  • The Broken Branch and Future of America: Can the United States Congress be Repaired?
  • The Lessons of Watergate: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Reporting and Political Drama that Led to the Resignation of President Richard Nixon and Continues to Affect the Course of American History
  • The Problem of Washington: It's Not Just the Politicians. We The People Sent Them There; We the Press are Complicit.
  • The Spiritual and Political Legacy of Pope John Paul II
  • The Triumphant End to an American Century: Three Remarkable Presidents - Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and the Problem of Their Successors
  • The Use and Abuse of Power: the American Presidency from Nixon to Obama
  • An Evening With Carl Bernstein: The System Can Work
  • A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE: A Conversation with P.J. O’Rourke

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