Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who oversaw the paper’s investigation of the Watergate scandal, has died at the age of 93.
His stewardship of the reporting that led to the resignation of president Richard Nixon in 1974 made his name during 26 years as editor of the Post, which won 17 Pultizer prizes and doubled its circulation while he was in charge.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Post reporters who broke and pursued the Watergate scandal, issued a joint statement that paid tribute to Bradlee’s “unbending” quest for truth and belief in the “necessity of that pursuit”.
“Ben was a true friend and genius leader in journalism,” they said. “He had the courage of an army. Ben had an intuitive understanding of the history of our profession, its formative impact on him and all of us. But he was utterly liberated from that. He was an original who charted his own course. We loved him deeply, and he will never be forgotten or replaced in our lives.”
Bradlee’s wife Sally Quinn said he died at home in Washington, having battled a long illness with Alzheimer’s disease.