Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Journalist, Author & Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him . . . his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” Therein lays the genius of Bob Woodward – a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal. The book they wrote – All the President’s Men – won a Pulitzer Prize. Read More >
How Will President Trump Lead?
Tense Times in the Situation Room
On Interviewing Donald Trump
War & Terrorism: Leading in a Dangerous World
War & Terrorism: Being a Realist is a Virtue
Lessons of Watergate: Gerald Ford's Political Courage
Lessons from Watergate: How Politics Has Changed
Inside Washington: How Much Do We Know
Everywhere legendary journalist Bob Woodward goes, he says people ask to know what’s really going on in Washington. Their questions fall into four categories: 1) 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? 2) The investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller: is it like Watergate or will it fade away like Reagan's Iran-Contra scandal? 3) 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? And 4) 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? Read More >
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 leveraged a rich network of sources – applying his signature aggressive but fair and non-partisan reporting method for his book on President Trump, his administration, and its many controversies. As with his 19 bestselling books – 13 of which have been #1 (including his most recent book, FEAR: Trump in the White House) – Woodward provides a behind-the-scenes examination of what's really going on and what it means.
In 2014, Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and secretary of defense, said of Woodward, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him . . . his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” That is Woodward’s true gift and audiences at his speeches leave transfixed by what they’ve learned. Read Less ^
"Yesterday was great! I think most people here appreciated the opportunity to spend a day with arguably the greatest investigative journalist of all time. Bob Woodward was very good with the kids, and his sense of humor kept the adults relaxed as well. We were all amazed at just how much Bob knows about the last few Presidents. My students had seen All the President's Men the night before so they had fun comparing Bob with a young Robert Redford."
"Bob Woodward’s format was perfect for engaging the audience. We filled the venue to its capacity!"
"Mr. Woodward was a joy to be around. The student session and lecture were phenomenal. If Mr. Woodward had been a professor when I was in college, I think I would have changed my area of interest to journalism. He's awesome."
"Bob Woodward was so gracious with his time with our donors and guests and was a delight to be around. His remarks were smart, insightful, thought-provoking, witty, hilarious and portrayed the essences of our past presidents in his unique way. We've been fortunate to bring some influential, bright minds to Santa Barbara and Mr. Woodward definitely put us on the map for hosting quality conversations about things that matter."
"Bob Woodward was great! He was fascinating and he provided an interactive discussion. We were all thrilled!"
"Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were marvelous, individually and as a team. Their joint presentation was smooth, well-prepared, and not only riveted our audience, but also demonstrated the complementary differences between them that made them a successful working duo."
"Bob Woodward was a big hit both on the stage and at dinner. He is a warm and engaging guy and a perfect fit for our audience."
"He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique."
"Maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time."
"Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."
"It was a lifetime moment. For me, but also for so many in the audience. And for hundreds of folks who wanted to hear hope and truth delivered -unfiltered -for the holidays. Thank you for working so hard to make a date work for us. I made a plea for support in my intro...So many people after the show promised to help. If we survive this- it may be due to this pivotal evening. When he was leaving, Bob asked if there was anything he could do to help us."