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Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He has authored or coauthored 19 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Thirteen of those have been #1 national bestsellers. He has written books on nine of the most recent presidents, from Nixon to Trump. His latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in the United States and broke the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster. It is the most detailed and penetrating portrait of a sitting president in the first years of an administration.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."

In 2014 Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and secretary of defense, said that he wished he'd
recruited Woodward into the CIA, saying of Woodward, "He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise
responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him...his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn't
be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique."

Gene Roberts, the former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the Woodward-Bernstein
Watergate coverage, "maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time." In listing the all-time 100
best non-fiction books, Time Magazine has called All the President's Men, by Bernstein and Woodward,
"Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history."

In 2018 David Von Drehle wrote, "What [Theodore] White did for presidential campaigns, Post Associate
Editor Bob Woodward has done for multiple West Wing administrations – in addition to the Supreme
Court, the Pentagon, the CIA and the Federal Reserve." (Washington Speakers Bureau)