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Katharine Graham - Living Legends

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Awarded: April 2000
(June 16, 1917 - July 17, 2001)

Katharine Graham was born to one of the most influential families in the nation. Her father bought the Washington Post in 1933 at a bankruptcy sale and the job of running the paper fell to her husband, Philip. After his suicide in 1963, Graham transformed the daily into one of the powerhouses of journalism. She published the Pentagon Papers, which revealed U.S. bungling in Southeast Asia. She okayed the investigation of a break-in at the Watergate, toppling the President of the United States. Graham won a Pulitzer at the age of 80 for her memoirs, “Personal History.”

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