Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor And My Favorite Protege, Dies At 93

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, right, at his desk with future The Daily Quarterly editor in chief Brian DiMaio, left. Their relationship was strained following the Kennedy assassination when DiMaio claimed to have a secret source named Debbie located in Dallas.

Washington, DC—Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, and one of the few individuals who knew the true identity of Deep Throat for 40 years, died Tuesday from natural causes. He was 93.

He was the Post’s executive editor from 1968 until 1991, and under his tenure, the paper achieved national prominence and won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Before working at the Post, Bradlee wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Quarterly.

He was portrayed by Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” alongside Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed buddy-reporters (think Fletch meets up with whatever Robert Wuhl’s character’s name was in “Batman”) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsten.

Bradlee had been suffering from dementia in his later years. Reportedly, his final words were, “I owe it all to DiMaio.”

He is survived by his third wife, Sally Quinn, a son from his first marriage, Ben Bradlee, Jr., other sons Dominic, Quinn and a  daughter, Marina.

(Please note that we totally left out the fabricated story scandal that embarrassed him and the Post in 1981, when reporter Janet Cooke totally made up a story about an 8 year-old heroin addict, winning a Pulitzer that Bradlee gave back once he found out he’d been fooled, a-la Stephen Glass. We didn’t think there was a place for that debacle in this obit.) Continue reading

“Woodward Spoke To Me Once In The Elevator:” A TDQ Q&A With Journalist And Professor Jason Manning

Jason Manning

Bernstein spoke to Manning once on an escalator. Unfortunately, the volume on Manning's iPod was too loud for him to notice. (Bernstein photo compliments of kate.gardiner @ Flickr. Manning photo compliments of kthread @ Flickr.)

This week we spoke to Jason Manning, Director of Student Media at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Jason talked with us about his time at The Washington Post, the current state of college media and Walter Cronkite’s ghost. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Jason Manning:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?

Jason Manning: I cannot remember a time in my life when I didn’t know about TDQ.
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“I Never Want This Interview To End:” A TDQ Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich: Double Pulitzer Prize Winner

Mike Luckovich keeps his friends close and his two Pulitzer prizes closer.

This week we talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich. Mike draws cartoons for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and his work appears in Newsweek, Time and The Washington Post, among other publications. And while he shot down all of our cartoon ideas, he did talk with us about where he keeps his Pulitzers, the best career advice he ever got (which, thankfully he ignored) and his favorite cartoon. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?  

Mike Luckovich: God told me about it in a dream.
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