Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, 1921 - 2014

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Born: 26 August 1921, Boston, Massachusetts
Died: 21 October 2014, Washington City

Born into the "Brahmin" Crowninshield family, Bradlee was educated at Dexter School and St. Mark's School before entering Harvard University. He joined the Naval ROTC at Harvard, finished his BA in under three years, and was commissioned in the Office of Naval Intelligence two hours later. He served on a destroyer in the Pacific, handling communications but taking part in every landing of the Solomon Islands and Philippines campaigns. He spent two years reporting in New Hampshire before moving to the Washington Post in 1948, then became press attaché in the American Embassy at Paris. He returned to journalism by joining the Newsweek staff in Europe, helped arrange the sale of that magazine to the Washington Post Company, and became managing editor at that paper in 1965. He became executive editor in 1968, in 1991 he retired and is now "Vice President at Large". He is best known as Woodward and Bernstein's editor during Watergate, but hesitated to print the "Pentagon Papers" until the New York Times published parts of them, and also was in charge at the time of Janet Cooke's fictitious story of an eight-year-old heroin addict.

Biography from Wikipedia and New York Times obituary

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