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Bob Woodward

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Best-selling author and awarded journalist providing the audience with insider knowledge on Washington and its leaders

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Speaker Bob Woodward is a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal. Bob is also the author of 12 #1 bestselling books, and the co-author of All the President’s Men.
Investigative Journalist

Speaker Bob Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award. He is the ultimate inside man.

The amazing thing about Bob is his way of getting insiders to open up – both on the record and off the record. Revealing an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the budget wrangling. Speaker Bob Woodward’s work reveals the political infighting, how presidents lead, homeland security efforts, and much more. His work as a journalist is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president.

Currently, Bob Woodward is associate editor for The Washington Post where he has worked since 1971. His work unveiling the Watergate scandal and reporting on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks both won Pulitzer prizes. Woodward also won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.


Bestselling Author

Watergate’s theme of secret government is a common thread throughout Woodward’s career that spawned 18 bestselling books – 12 of them #1 – more than any other contemporary nonfiction author with his latest book being FEAR: Trump in the White House. Three of his books have been made into feature films.


International Keynote Speaker

As a speaker, Woodward delivers captivating and engaging talks, drawing on stories both up to the minute and from the past (to provide historical context). His keynotes pull back the curtain on Washington and its leaders. They are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, but always fascinating.

Speaker Bob Woodward’s communication is crisp and concise. His decades of experience as a reporter enable him to effectively get a message across to any audience. Getting you behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in our age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics.

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Special virtual keynote by speaker Bob Woodward

The State of the American Presidency.

The coronavirus has disrupted the American political and economic landscape. What did it reveal about America’s ability to handle in a true crisis? What happens in the next crisis? After nearly 50 years of reporting on the last nine presidents—from Nixon to Trump—two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward provides an in-depth, non-partisan, fact-driven analysis of the state of the American presidency and how crisis leads to expansion of presidential powers.

The powers of the presidency had already evolved prior to Donald Trump’s election – with each previous president expanding the influence of the office in their own ways. Once in office, President Trump took unprecedented steps to accelerate the expansion of presidential powers, governing in ways Americans are not used to.


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  • Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward goes, people ask what this precedent means for America’s future, in this keynote, he provides educated insight.

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    Everywhere legendary journalist and speaker Bob Woodward goes, he says people ask to know what’s really going on in Washington. Their questions fall into four categories:

    • The presidency: How is President Trump doing and surviving? How does Trump compare with the eight presidents – Nixon to Obama – that Woodward has reported on for The Washington Post and in his bestselling books?
    • The investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller: is it like Watergate or will it fade away like Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal?
    • Conflict: What is the likelihood of a new war? What are the goals with North Korea, in the Middle East, with the Islamic state, and on terrorism? Will there likely be a major escalation in one of the current conflicts?
    • The economy: Is the American/global economy sound or are we headed for trouble? How is Trump’s America First agenda playing out with our allies and enemies around the globe?

    In Woodward’s speeches, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning associate editor of the Post offers some well-reported answers to these questions that audiences won’t learn from any other source. As he reported on previous presidents, for 46 years Woodward has immersed himself in their decision-making, scandals, wars, and economic policy like no other reporter.

    He is now leveraging a rich network of sources – applying his signature aggressive but fair and non-partisan reporting method for his next book on President Trump, his administration, and its many controversies. As with his 18 bestselling books – 12 of which have been #1 – Woodward will provide a behind-the-scenes examination of what’s really going on and what it means. Audiences at his speeches leave transfixed by what they’ve learned.

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