Katharine Graham was an American publisher who led her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post,for more than two decades, overseeing the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Her memoir, Personal History (Knopf), won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
Personal History is the poignant and compelling story of her rise to command of the largest Fortune 500 company run by a woman. During the course of her tenure, Graham became known as a First Amendment icon and a symbol of journalistic integrity.
In the February 2, 1997 New York Times Book Review, Nora Ephron had this to say: “Katharine Graham turns out to have had not two lives but four, and the story of her journey from daughter to wife to widow to woman parallels to a surprising degree the history of women in this century.”
Katharine Graham was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent. Well known to many audiences as the NBC White House correspondent and as a political analyst on the Today show, Mitchell played a major role in reporting on the savings and loan bailout, the Keating Five, and the Clarence Thomas hearings.
Ms. Graham suffered a fatal fall in 2001. Her granddaughter, Katharine Weymouth, is now the publisher of The Washington Post.