Watergate reporter Bob Woodward to speak at Stambaugh Auditorium

Staff report


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, best known for his reporting of the Watergate scandal, will give an address at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Stambaugh Auditorium as part Youngstown State University’s Skeggs Lecture series.

The title of the lecture is “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics.”

Woodward has worked for the Washington Post since 1971, where he is an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate story for which The Post won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward has authored or co-authored 17 books, all of which have been national nonfiction best sellers. Based on 18 months of reporting, his most-recent book, “The Price of Politics,” examines the President Barack Obama White House and its managing of the debt crisis.

Just last week, Woodward wrote a commentary for The Post that placed the sequester debacle on Obama’s desk and accused the president of “moving the goalposts” by asking for more tax increases.

Before his piece was published, Woodward called the White House to tell officials it was coming. A shouting match ensued between Woodward and Gene Sperling, Obama’s economic adviser, followed by an e-mail in which Sperling said that Woodward “will regret staking out that claim.”

Though Sperling later apologized for raising his voice, the message nonetheless caused controversy.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are limited to four per person and will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 25, 26 and 27 at the Information and PC Lab in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. Tickets are mandatory to gain entrance, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets must be picked up in person. For more, contact the YSU Alumni and Events Office at 330-941-3497.

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