Video: 2019 Memorial Lecture featuring Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward delivered the 2019 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture on April 4th to a packed audience. Check out our full recording of the lecture above.


This year's lecture features award-winning writer Bob Woodward, introduced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

BOB WOODWARD is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. His work at the Post earned him two shared Pulitzer Prizes; one in 1973 for his coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and the other in 2003 for his work as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Woodward has been a recipient of nearly every major American journalism award, including the Heywood Broun award (1972), the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting (1972 and 1986), the Sigma Delta Chi Award (1973), the George Polk Award (1972), the William Allen White Medal (2000), and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on the Presidency (2002).

In addition to his journalistic work, he has authored or coauthored 19 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers and thirteen of which have been #1 national bestsellers. He has published on nine of the most recent U.S. presidents, from Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, to Obama, and Trump. His book All the President's Men (1974) was named by TIME Magazine to its list of All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books, and his most recent book, Fear: Trump in the White House (2018), sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in the United States and broke the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”

Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, said in 2014 that he wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, saying 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.”

Gene Roberts, the former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate coverage, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.”

Tyler Rosen