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Charlotte Talks: A Conversation With Bob Woodward

Daniel Coston

When Bob Woodward picked up his phone one Saturday morning in June 1972, he had no way of knowing the chain of events it would set off, both for the country and himself.

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His editor at The Washington Post called Woodward with an assignment to cover a court hearing for five men arrested at the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate building. 

It wasn't long before Woodward and his Post colleague Carl Bernstein were breaking scoops on the Watergate beat, and blazing a new trail in journalism.

Their Watergate coverage was immortalized in All the President's Men, the 1974 best-selling book and its Academy Award-winning film adaptation.

The first two years of the Trump presidency generated many comparisons to the Watergate era as the 45th chief executive turned American political norms upside down.

Woodward chronicled that chaos in his most recent book, Fear: Trump in the White House, which painted a devastating portrait of a dysfunctional Trump administration.

As part of a nationwide tour for the book, Woodward sat down with Mike Collins in front of an audience at the Belk Theater. Listen to their conversation in the podcast above.


Bob Woodward, managing editor, The Washington Post; author, Fear: Trump in the White House (@realBobWoodward)

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