About the Program
In this Encore Booknotes from 1997, Katharine Graham discussed her life and career as detailed in her memoir, "Personal History." She shared anecdotes from her personal life and from her tenure as publisher, CEO and chairman of the board with The Washington Post Company. Mrs. Graham was at the helm of the Washington Post during the era of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. "Personal History" includes Mrs. Graham's experiences with Warren Buffett, Robert McNamara, LBJ, Henry Kissinger and many others.
Mrs. Graham died in 2001. In August 2013, the Washington Post was sold to Amazon founder, Jeffrey Bezos.
Katharine Graham, former publisher and chairman of the board of The Washington Post Company, passed away in July of 2001 at the age of 84. Mrs. Graham's father, Eugene Meyer, purchased The Washington Post at a bankruptcy sale in 1933. In 1946, her husband, Philip Graham, succeeded Mr. Meyer as publisher. Mrs. Graham took over as president after her husband's death in 1963. She was chairman of the board from 1973 to 1993. In 1973, she received the Zenger Award for journalistic leadership because of her support of the publication of the Pentagon Papers and for authorizing coverage of the Watergate scandal. That same year, the Washington Post received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its Watergate investigation. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1998 for "Personal History."
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