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Benjamin C. Bradlee

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Bradlee in November 2010

Benjamin Crowninshield "Ben" Bradlee (August 26, 1921 – October 21, 2014) was a vice president at-large of The Washington Post. He was executive editor of the Post from 1968 to 1991. He became a national figure during the presidency of Richard Nixon, when he challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and oversaw the publication of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's stories documenting the Watergate scandal.

Bradlee was born on August 26, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is of English descent. He studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at Harvard University. Bradlee was married three times; two of the marriages ended in divorce. His last wife, Sally Quinn worked for the Washington Post. Bradlee had four children.

In late September 2014, Bradlee entered at hospice care in Washington, D.C. due to declining health as a result of Alzheimer's disease.[1] He died on October 21, 2014, at the age of 93, at his home in Washington, D.C..[2] His funeral was held on October 29 at the Washington National Cathedral.


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  1. "Benjamin Bradlee entered in hospice care". Washington Post.com. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. "Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93". Washington Post.com. Retrieved October 21, 2014.

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