The Kalb Report – Writing History: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein And Journalism’s Finest Hour

Monday, October 20, 8 p.m., at National Press Club

Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 23, 2014) On June 17, 1972 a simple botched break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, DC captured the attention of two intrepid reporters who uncovered a trail of corruption that led all the way up to our Commander in Chief.

On the next edition of The Kalb Report, Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein join journalist/scholar Marvin Kalb to recount their coverage of the Watergate scandal and the groundbreaking reporting that ultimately resulted in the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon 40 years ago.

The Kalb Report will take place on Monday, October 20, at 8:00 p.m. EDT, in the main ballroom of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C. 

“They have both appeared before on The Kalb Report, but separately,” said Marvin Kalb. “Now they’re together, the team that re-invented investigative reporting and, using this tool, helped bring down a president. It’s called Watergate, one of the biggest scandals in American history. Woodward and Bernstein, or Woodstein, as they were once called, share a place in Watergate history. We are honored to have them as our guests.”

The Kalb Report series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland University College and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

For the 12th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Since 1994, the partnership has produced 84 forums with guests including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruther Bader Ginsburg, Walter Cronkite, Rupert Murdoch, Diane Sawyer, Roger Ailes, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Costas, Hillary Clinton, Ken Burns, and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. In 2012, The Kalb Report was honored with both a Gold World Medal and the overall Grand Award in the New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition.

The Kalb Report series is distributed nationally by American Public Television. Oklahoma Educational Television Authority serves as the presenting station. The Kalb Report also airs on the public radio channels of Sirius—XM Satellite Radio, Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. (1500 AM), District of Columbia Cable Television, University of Maryland Cable Television, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C. Each program is also streamed live on kalb.gwu.edu.

Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his distinguished 30—year career in broadcast journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for both CBS News and NBC News, and moderator of Meet the Press. He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half—dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Mr. Kalb has authored or co—authored 13 nonfiction books and two best—selling novels. His latest book is “The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed.”

Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a senior vice president and professor of the practice at University of Maryland University College, as well as a professorial lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University. Mr. Freedman is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News, and former managing editor for the broadcast division of United Press International. He is the recipient of more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Senior Producer Heather Date is an associate vice president at University of Maryland University College and former CNN producer. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer of a News Program for her work on The Kalb Report.

Lindsay Underwood, a 2011 graduate of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, is the associate producer of The Kalb Report.

Web Editor Bryan Kane is a 2014 graduate of George Washington University.

The Kalb Report series is directed by Robert Vitarelli, a 39-year CBS News veteran and a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award winner.