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Bob Woodward          

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Bob Woodward is a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal. The book they wrote - "All the President’s Men" - won a Pulitzer Prize.

Watergate’s theme of secret government is a common thread throughout Woodward’s career that spawned 18 books – all of which went on to become national bestsellers - 13 of them #1 - more than any other contemporary nonfiction author. In the process, Woodward became the ultimate inside man. He has the skill to get 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 most of the key players, including the president.

In 2018, Woodward published his expose of the Trump presidency, "Fear: Trump in the White House." The book is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with people in Trump's administration. It sold 1.1 million copies in its first week of release, making it the fastest selling opener for any book in Simon & Schuster history.

Since then, Woodward has served as an associate editor for "The Washington Post" where he’s worked since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Woodward won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.

Speech Topics

Inside the Obama White House

After his #1 national and New York Times bestselling book, Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward has the deepest insight into how President Barack Obama decides and who he is. As Pulitzer Prize winner, Steve Coll, said of the book in The New Yorker this fall, "Exceptionally sharp...unfurls spreadsheet-like detail about decision making... Woodward leaves us with Obama as a war president in full." Or as President Obama said after an interview with Woodward this summer, "Sounds like you've got better sources than I do."

State of Denial

Bob Woodward's presentation, based on his best-selling book State of Denial, once again demonstrates why he's the dean of investigative journalists. Woodward provides audiences with the inside story of the Bush administration's efforts to manage the War in Iraq.

Presidential Decisions and the Role of Leadership in the 2012 Elections

Candid and straightforward about the leaders he has observed, Bob Woodward explores with audiences the successes and failures of Presidents from Nixon to Obama—and offers insights into the role of leadership in the 2012 elections. Using his vast background, Woodward presents case studies in presidential leadership and decision making, helping audiences understand where administrations have gone right and wrong in dealing with domestic and international issues and what to look for in future leaders. His keen insight on leading while adapting to changing circumstances is thought provoking and relevant to us all.

Nixon's Wars to Obama's War

In a presentation that draws from his 15 national best-selling books, including 4 groundbreaking books on the Bush Presidency, legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward looks at the leadership successes and failures of Presidents from Nixon to Bush—and offers lessons that can guide President Obama in his administration. Drawing on his 37 year career at the Washington Post as America's premier political investigative reporter, Woodward presents a case study in presidential leadership and decision making and helps audiences understand:

  • What President Obama must do to lead in the current political climate
  • What history can teach President Obama in his decision making
  • Where presidential administrations have gone right and wrong in dealing with domestic and international issues

Leadership: Presidents, CEOs and the Larger Lessons

Bob Woodward shares with audiences the leaderships lessons learned and observed over the years. From Presidents to CEOs to the personal lessons learned along the way from his Naval service in the 1960s - “He who does not know to which port he is sailing has no favorable wind” to the late actor Robin Williams’1991 movie, The Dead Poet’s Society - “I stand on my desk to remind myself that we must learn to look at things in a new way."

Obama's Wars

Working behind the scenes for 18 months, Bob Woodward wrote the most intimate and sweeping portrait of President Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan war, the secret war in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward's lectures offer an original, you-are-there account of Obama and his team in this time of turmoil and uncertainty: a heretofore unseen look at the president, his leadership style and the inner-workings of his administration.

Inside the White House: From Nixon to Obama with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (in conjunction with Greater Talent Network)

Beginning with their first shared Watergate byline in June 1972, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein set a new standard for Washington journalism and in-depth, behind-the-scenes reporting on the American presidency. Together Woodward and Bernstein tell the stories behind their newspaper work and books, offering a unique, riveting and personal tour of politics and Washington. Addressing the weaknesses and strengths of eight presidents, their presentation provides a vivid lesson in leadership. The co-authors of All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976) will explore the impact and methods of the modern media from their own police-beat-style reporting to the radical changes brought by the internet, cable news and social networking tools. The 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in -- June 17, 2012 -- was an especially appropriate milestone for Woodward and Bernstein to revisit some questions: What really happened in Watergate? Why? Who was behind it? What does it mean for politics today? Is there a case for defending Nixon or reassessing his presidency in general? What about Henry Kissinger? What are the real lessons for America four decades later?

War and Terrorism – What Are the Lessons for America?

Nothing defines the nation to the world – and to itself – as much as war. Bob Woodward has written seven books on the wars and foreign policy of the two Bushes, Reagan and Obama — beginning with The Commanders in 1991 on the first Gulf War, Veil: the Secret Wars of the CIA under Reagan, four books on President George W. Bush’s wars (Bush at War, Plan of Attack, State of Denial, and The War Within) and Obama’s Wars in 2010.


Bob Woodward’s and Carl Bernstein’s work uncovering the Watergate scandal was called “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time” by Gene Roberts, then managing editor of The New York Times. It earned them the Pulitzer Prize. Years after the revelations of Watergate that led to President Nixon’s resignation still cast a long shadow. Its lessons about secret government stand as warning signs to future presidents.

“The Age of the American Presidency.”

Donald Trump, the unconventional candidate, promises to be Donald Trump, the unconventional president. If the past few weeks are any indication, Washington is going to be a very different place. Business is going to have to adjust – but to what?!


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