Library and university partner to bring author and journalist Bob Woodward to Fayetteville

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Legendary investigative journalist and non-fiction author Bob Woodward will make two appearances in Fayetteville in April 2015, thanks to efforts by the Fayetteville Public Library and the University of Arkansas Distinguished Lectures Committee.

Woodward will appear at the University of Arkansas as part of the Journalism Days 60th Anniversary sponsored by the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism where he will be the keynote speaker on at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the UA Hillside Auditorium. Woodward will then appear at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at the Fayetteville Public Library as part of the FPL Author Series.

Both appearances are free and open to the public.

“We are happy to partner with the university’s Distinguished Lectures Committee to bring one of the most eminent journalists of our time to Fayetteville,” said David Johnson, FPL Executive Director. “This is an example of Town and Gown working together to increase our community’s access to exceptional speakers.”

Since 1971, Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which The Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward was the lead reporter for The Post‘s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

“No living reporter has had greater impact on informing Americans about political culture in our country than Bob Woodward,” said Larry Foley, Chair of the Lemke Department of Journalism. “Having Mr. Woodward come to our town, and our campus, is monumental for our students, faculty and community. His visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of Journalism Days at the University of Arkansas, and we could not ask for a keynote speaker with more prestige and clout.”

His most recent book, The Price of Politics, is based on 18 months of reporting and is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government’s fiscal condition. Drawn from memos, contemporaneous meeting notes, emails and in-depth interviews with the central players, the book addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns, the condition of the American economy and how and why we got here. Providing verbatim, day-by-day, even hour-by-hour accounts, the book shows what really happened, what drove the debates, negotiations and struggles that define and will continue to define the American future.

Woodward’s other books include:

  • All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein
  • The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979), co-authored with Scott Armstrong
  • Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984)
  • Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (1987)
  • The Commanders (1991)
  • The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994)
  • Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999)
  • Bush at War (2002)
  • Plan of Attack (2004)
  • State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006)
  • Obama’s Wars (2010)