Benjamin Bradlee Working at His Typewriter
Benjamin Bradlee working at his typewriter on Aug. 3, 1956.Robert Delvac—Bettmann/Corbis
Benjamin Bradlee Working at His Typewriter
The President and Mrs. Kennedy with Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Bradlee in the White House, Family Living Room on May 29, 1963.
Virginia. President John F. Kennedy sits with Benjamin C. Bradlee outside of the Kennedy family residence Wexford on Nov. 10 1963 in Atoka, VA.
From Left: Benjamin C. Bradlee, his wife Antoinette “Tony” Bradlee, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and President John F. Kennedy, and an unidentified man outside of the Kennedy family residence, Wexford, on Nov. 10 1963 in Atoka, VA.
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Benjamin Bradlee working at his typewriter on Aug. 3, 1956.
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Benjamin Bradlee, Esteemed Editor of the Washington Post, Dies at 93

Benjamin Bradlee, who edited the Washington Post during the period when the newspaper published articles based on the Pentagon Papers and broke the Watergate story which eventually led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, has died at age 93.

Bradlee helmed the Post from 1968 to 1991, and became famous after the paper's coverage of the Watergate scandal, when burglaries of the Democratic National Committee offices were linked to Nixon's office, setting off a chain of events that eventually forced the president to resign. He was played by Jason Robards in All the President's Men, which told the story of the Post's discovery and coverage of the scandal.

He became close friends with John F. Kennedy when he was assigned to cover the his presidential campaign for Newsweek, but he had an advantage over the other reporters; he lived on the same Georgetown block as the young candidate, and they shared a back alley.

"I don’t want to disappoint too many people, but ... the number of interesting political, historical conversations we had, you could stick in your ear,” recalled Bradlee about his friend. "We talked about girls."

Bradlee's Newsweek remembrance of JFK after his assassination became a book, That Special Grace. In 2013, Bradlee was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

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