Bob Woodward Named 2015 Roy Reed Lecturer

FPL and UA Partner to Bring Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

[Media Advisory] The Fayetteville Public Library and the University of Arkansas Distinguished Lectures Committee are partnering to bring Bob Woodward, one of America’s most notable and award winning journalists, to Fayetteville in 2015.

Woodward will appear at the University of Arkansas as part of the Journalism Days 60th Anniversary sponsored by the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism where he will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the University of Arkansas Hillside Auditorium.

Woodward will then appear on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library as part of the FPL Author Series. Both appearances are free and open to the public.

“We are happy to partner with the university’s Distinguished Lectures Committee to bring one of the most eminent journalists of our time to Fayetteville,” commented David Johnson, FPL Executive Director, “This is an example of Town and Gown working together to increase our community’s access to exceptional speakers.” Woodward has authored or co-authored 17 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers, and earned two Pulitzer prizes.

Since 1971, Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which the Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

“No living reporter has had greater impact on informing Americans about political culture in our country than Bob Woodward,” said Larry Foley, chair of the Lemke Department of Journalism.  “Having Mr. Woodward come to our town, and our campus, is monumental for our students, faculty and community.  His visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of Journalism Days at the University of Arkansas, and we could not ask for a keynote speaker with more prestige and clout.”

Woodward was the lead reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

His most recent book, The Price of Politics (September 2012), is based on 18 months of reporting and is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government’s fiscal condition. Drawn from memos, contemporaneous meeting notes, emails and in-depth interviews with the central players, the book addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns, the condition of the American economy and how and why we got here. Providing verbatim, day-by-day, even hour-by-hour accounts, the book shows what really happened, what drove the debates, negotiations and struggles that define and will continue to define the American future.

Woodward’s other books include:

  • All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, coauthored with Bernstein
  • The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979), co-authored with Scott Armstrong
  • Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984)
  • Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (1987)
  • The Commanders (1991)
  • The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994)
  • Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999)
  • Bush at War (2002)
  • Plan of Attack (2004)
  • State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006)
  • Obama’s Wars (2010)

University of Arkansas

Founded in 1871 as a land-grant college and state university, the University of Arkansas established its campus on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains. There were few facilities and little money that first academic year, but the eight students and three faculty members who gathered for classes in 1872 showed the same dedication to learning and commitment to excellence that has carried the University of Arkansas into the 21st century. More than 140 years later, the university’s enrollment is more than 25,000 and its students represent all 50 states and 120 countries. The university is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas. And its public service activities reach every county in Arkansas, throughout the nation, and around the world.

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The above is a media advisory from Fayetteville Public Library, Dec. 9, 2014. “FPL and UA Partner to Bring Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Bob Woodward” Contact: Brandi Holt, Manager of Marketing & Communication, (479) 856-7105. 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR  72701
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