“Chasing History”: Carl Bernstein on his consistent life in journalism

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Tom’s first guest today is the legendary journalist and author Carl Bernsteinwho, with his Washington To post colleague, Bob Woodward, told the story of the Watergate burglarywhich led to the resignation of Richard Nixon and the birth of modern investigative journalism.

Bernstein wrote two memoirs about this iconic story and a book about his parents’ encounters with McCarthyism in the 1950s. His latest book is a tribute to newspapers, and a poignant reflection on how he came to love the craft of journalism and the art of storytelling.

Published by Henry Holt and Co./MacMillan Publishers (courtesy image)

The book recounts Bernstein’s beginnings in the world of the press as a precocious 16-year-old copyist in Washington Star, and the next five years in which he met people who left an indelible mark on his approach to reporting and in which he learned the budding skills he would hone in a career that spanned over 60 years old.

The book is a great read and an important testament to the value of journalism written by people deeply connected to the communities they cover.

It’s called Chasing History: A Child in the Newsroom.

Carl Bernstein joins us on Zoom from New York…

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