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Carl Bernstein

Pullitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist


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Carl Bernstein is an investigative reporter, political commentator, and award-winnning author. Few journalists in America's history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein.

In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Together, they wrote two classic bestsellers: All the President's Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) about their coverage of the Watergate story and The Final Days about the denouement of the Nixon presidency. Since then, in books, magazine articles, commentary, television reporting, and as editor of an award-winning website, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years the use and abuse of power: political power, media power, financial power, and spiritual power.

In the 1990s, Bernstein turned his attention to one of the towering figures of the age, Pope John Paul II, resulting in the ground-breaking papal biography John Paul II and the History of Our Time. The book, co-authored with Vatican journalist Marco Politi and published in 1996, was the first to detail the Pope's pivotal, and often secret, role in the fall of communism. Much of the information was unearthed from the Kremlin's secret archives of the Cold War era, and from Vatican sources who also shed historic light on the Pope's ecclesiastical policies and personal attitudes towards sex, priestly celibacy, women, dogma, and tensions between the American church and the Vatican.

In the political season of 1999-2001, Bernstein served as editor and executive vice president of, a pioneering website that Forbes magazine named the best political site on the internet.

Carl is a frequent guest and analyst on television news programs, and most recently wrote articles for Newsweek/The Daily Beast comparing Rupert Murdoch's News of The World phone-hacking scandal to Watergate. In addition to his political coverage and commentary, Bernstein has written and lectured extensively and critically about the role and responsibilities of the American press.


  • An Evening with Carl Bernstein
  • A Woman in Charge: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Her Quest for the Presidency
  • From Watergate to Mouse Ears: The Evolution of Today's News and Media
  • The Media State: The Rise and Triumph of Idiot Culture in America
  • Dysfunction: The State of American Politics and Journalism Today
  • Remarkable Men and the Exercise of Global Power


  • Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom, 2022
  • All The President's Men (with Bob Woodward)
  • The Final Days (with Bob Woodward)
  • A Woman In Charge