Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Benjamin C. Bradlee*, editor of the Washington Post from 1965 to 1991 and close personal friend of John F. Kennedy, died at the age of 93 yesterday, October 21, 2014.
President Obama issued this statement...
"For Benjamin Bradlee journalism was more than a profession. It was a public good vital to our democracy. He transformed the...Post into one of the country's finest newspapers."
According to Melissa Bell, Mr. Bradlee became good friends with JFK..."when the two moved in on the same block of N Street in Georgetown."
After the President's death, Bradlee wrote in Newsweek...
"History will best judge John F. Kennedy in calmer days...and history surely will judge him well--for his wisdom and his compassion and his grace."
In 1964, Bradlee's "That Special Grace" was published by J. B. Lippincott Company and his "Conversations With Kennedy" was published in 1975 by W.W. Norton.
The former editor is best known, however, for his leadership of the Washington Post during the Watergate crisis.
Leading Post reporters on the Watergate story, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward said...
"He forever altered our business. His one unbending principle was the quest for the truth and the necessity of that pursuit."
"Ben Bradlee, at 93; hard-charging journalist guided Watergate coverage," by Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, October 22, 2014, www.bostonglobe.com/
"Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor dies at 93," by Robert G. Kaiser, The Washington Post, www.washingtonpost.com/
"The Kennedy assassination: Ben Bradlee recalls his friend," by Melissa Ball, The Washington Post, November 22, 2011, www.washingtonpost.com/
Benjamin C. Bradlee
*Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921-2014) was born in Boston, MA. He grew up in a wealthy family which lost out in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Ben attended Dexter and St. Marks Schools and graduated from Harvard.
BB served in the Office of Naval Intelligence in WWII and began working at the Washington Post in 1948. He took a job with Newsweek in 1953. He was editor of the WP for 26 years.