Iconic Watergate Reporter To Visit Jamestown

Kristan McMahon, Robert H. Jackson Center president, announces that renowned journalist, TV personality and author Bob Woodward will be giving a special presentation titled "Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate?" at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Event tickets go on sale tomorrow. Visit reglenna.com for ticket information. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

One of the two famous Washington Post Watergate break-in reporters will be visiting Jamestown later this summer.

On Monday, Kristan McMahon, Robert H. Jackson Center president, announced during a Rotary Club of Jamestown meeting that renowned journalist, TV personality and author Bob Woodward will be giving a special presentation titled “Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate?” at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Event tickets will go on sale today. Visit reglenna.com for ticket information.

McMahon said the Jackson Center is able to host Woodward because of the new city Fund for Downtown Programming grant program. The program was developed as part of the city’s $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. State officials approved for city officials to create the $600,000 programming fund to bring the “wow” factor to downtown events.

Last month, the Jamestown Local Development Corporation board approved a $50,000 grant to the Jackson Center to bring Woodward to town the Sunday of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. At the time, Vince DeJoy, city development director, couldn’t disclose the name of the personality because contract negotiations were still ongoing. However, he said the speaker’s fee is $46,000.

Woodward and Carl Bernstein reported on the Watergate break-in that happened June 17, 1972, which eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office Aug. 9, 1974. Woodward and Bernstein uncovered information suggesting that knowledge of the break-in, and attempts to cover it up, led deeply into the upper reaches of the Justice Department, FBI, CIA and the White House. Woodward and Bernstein wrote the book “All the President’s Men,” which was published in 1974 about the reporting they did following the Watergate break-in.

PEN literary service award recipient Bob Woodward attends the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A film adaptation, produced by Robert Redford, starring Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, respectively, was released in 1976. That same year, a sequel to the book, “The Final Days,” was published, which chronicled the last months of Nixon’s presidency, starting around the time “All the President’s Men” ended.

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