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Author Name: Rob Lever
Washington Post Watergate editor dead at 93
Bradlee, who died of natural causes at his Washington home, leaves a lasting legacy at the Post and in the wider media, and has been hailed as a genius and for having "The courage of an army." He was also a friend to John F. Kennedy. During Bradlee's leadership of the Post from 1968 to 1991, he inspired reporters who "Told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better," the president added. His wife, former Washington Post reporter Sally Quinn, revealed last month Bradlee had been diagnosed with dementia. Donald E. Graham, who served as publisher of the Post and was Bradlee's boss, said: "Ben Bradlee was the best American newspaper editor of his time and had the greatest impact on his newspaper of any modern editor." Bradlee's reign as editor saw the Post win the Pulitzer Prize for its Watergate stories, and the respected newspaper also played a role in the successful legal challenge to the publication of the Pentagon Papers revealing the political maneuvers leading up to the Vietnam War. Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor at Northeastern University, said Bradlee and a handful of others "Represented the apex of the editor as a colorful, swashbuckling personality" and helped transform the Post into a nationally significant newspaper. After graduating from Harvard University, Bradlee served as a communications officer for the US Navy during World War II. He worked as a Washington Post reporter before taking a position at the US embassy in Paris, and later became a correspondent for Newsweek, starting in France. When the Washington Post Co. bought Newsweek in 1965, Bradlee became the newspaper's managing editor and three years later its executive editor.

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