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Carl Bernstein

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Best-Selling Author & Political Analyst


Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on history and their craft as Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. From uncovering the Watergate scandal to writing about national and international affairs for more than 40 years, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner workings of government and politics, and told the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. Drawing parallels between the past and the events of today, Bernstein provides invaluable context for our tumultuous times—colored with captivating stories from his legendary career. Read More >

Renowned worldwide for his unique commentary, reporting, and analysis for CNN, Bernstein is currently at work on several multi-media projects, including a memoir about his earliest days in journalism during the Kennedy-Johnson era and a dramatic TV series about Washington for HBO. He also has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair for more than 25 years.

He began his career at age 16 as a copyboy for The Washington Evening Star. In the early 1970’s, Bernstein and his partner, Bob Woodward, captured international attention when they broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post. Woodward and Bernstein’s investigative reporting led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, set new standards for journalism and won the Pulitzer Prize. The pair went on to write two classic best-sellers: All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) about their coverage of Watergate and The Final Days, chronicling the end of the Nixon presidency.

Bernstein’s other best-selling books include Loyalties: a Son’s Memoir, about his family’s experiences in the McCarthy era, and His Holiness: Pope John Paul II and The History of Our Time, a biography of Pope John Paul II, co-authored with Marco Politi, that reveals the Pope’s pivotal role in the fall of communism. His most recent book is the national best-seller A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham, acclaimed as the definitive biography of the subject. His articles have appeared in TimeUSA TodayRolling Stone and The New Republic. From 1999-2001, Bernstein served as editor and executive vice president of Voter.com, a pioneering website that Forbes named the best political site on the internet. He has also worked as Washington bureau chief and correspondent for ABC News.

Appearing on his own and with his former partner, Bob Woodward, in an extraordinary dual program, Bernstein brings invaluable historical perspective to the news and issues of the day. His talks take audiences inside Washington and his own legendary career. Tackling subjects ranging from the role of journalism in the age of social media and political dysfunction to his own extensive study of the American healthcare system and its future, Bernstein informs, enlightens and treats audiences to an unforgettable encounter with one of the true heroes of modern journalism. Read Less ^

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Bernstein’s Executive Briefing

How will the 2020 Election affect business? Will impeachment cause uncertainty in the market? Could we be looking at tectonic shifts in how healthcare is delivered in our country? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein takes on the issues that your organization cares about most to view the latest news cycle through the lens of business.

Inside Washington: The Issues, The Newsmakers & The 2020 Election

Bringing a half century of reporting to the headlines of today, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Carl Bernstein comments on the latest out of Washington, the nation and the world. From the White House to Congress to the 2020 presidential candidates, Bernstein brings you the personalities, issues and politics behind the biggest stories. Audiences are also treated to engaging first-hand perspectives on 50 years of American history — unforgettably delivered by one of the true heroes of modern journalism.

All the President’s Men?

Rudy Giuliani. Mike Pompeo. William Barr. Rick Perry. As the president faces impeachment, veteran Watergate journalist and political historian Carl Bernstein provides an up-to-the-minute examination of the latest investigations and the alleged involvement of the men closest to Trump. Drawing parallels with the downfall of Nixon and lessons from the Clinton impeachment, Bernstein provides both deep historical context and up-the-minute analysis of the very latest developments.

The Politics of Healthcare: Impact of the 2020 Election

In this focused talk, Carl Bernstein examines the varying policy positions of the 2020 presidential candidates. How do the parties differ? What does popular support for “Medicare for All” say about the mood of the country? Would a second term Trump presidency provide a mandate to dismantle Obamacare? Bernstein examines the future of healthcare through the lens of how policy and politics impacts both the average American and the organizations and industries who provide their health coverage.

Has the President Imperiled Our National Security?

Throughout his presidency, many of Trump’s advisors – including Mattis, McMaster, Tillerson and Kelly – have privately concluded that the president may be a threat to the national security of the United States. Bernstein explores the security consequences of numerous recent events, including the most extreme example of Turkey’s invasion of Syria, encouraged initially by Trump.

An Evening with Woodward & Bernstein: Power, the Press & the Presidency

From breaking the Watergate story that led to President Nixon’s resignation to Bob Woodward’s revealing new book about Donald Trump and his presidency, few journalists have impacted American history like Pulitzer Prize winners Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. For more than 45 years, their collective works have focused on the enduring themes of Watergate: secret government, abuses of power and the role of the press. As America again sees a president being impeached, they’ve joined to point out parallels from our past and provide unparalleled insights for our future — pulling back the curtain on power, press and the presidency as only Woodward and Bernstein can.