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Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor Who Oversaw Watergate Coverage, Dies At 93

Bradlee led the newspaper for 26 years. He died in his home of natural causes, The Washington Post reported.

Last updated on October 21, 2014, at 8:44 p.m. ET

Posted on October 21, 2014, at 8:44 p.m. ET

Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California in this file photo taken April 18, 2011. Alex Gallardo / Reuters

Ben Bradlee, who led The Washington Post newsroom through the largest political scandals in U.S. history, died Tuesday at his home. He was 93.

Bradlee oversaw the paper's coverage during the Watergate scandal, which culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Alongside the Post's publisher Katharine Graham, the two decided to print stories on the Pentagon Papers, which told the secret side of the Vietnam War.

Bradlee was editor of the paper from 1965 to 1991. In that time, the paper grew to cover national issues and almost doubled its readership, the Post reported. The paper won 17 Pulitzer prizes under his leadership, and in 2013, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bradlee suffered from Alzheimer's disease, his wife Sally Quinn told C-SPAN last month. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

In addition to his accomplishments within the Post, Bradlee inspired generations of journalists.

I read All The President's Men in high school and that was all it took to make me decide to be a journalist. I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

Chris McDaniel@csmcdanielFollow

I read All The President's Men in high school and that was all it took to make me decide to be a journalist. I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

5:15 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Woodward: “No one compares. He was the editor of the 20th century,” “His passing, in a way, marks the end of the 20th century.”

Hadas Gold@Hadas_GoldFollow

Woodward: No one compares. He was the editor of the 20th century, His passing, in a way, marks the end of the 20th century.

5:14 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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So sad to hear of passing of Ben Bradlee. One of the proudest moments in my life was being hired by Ben. There'll never be another like him.

Peter Baker@peterbakernytFollow

So sad to hear of passing of Ben Bradlee. One of the proudest moments in my life was being hired by Ben. There'll never be another like him.

5:12 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP Ben Bradlee, an editor who changed the course of American history.

Tim Wieland@CBS4TimFollow

RIP Ben Bradlee, an editor who changed the course of American history.

5:21 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Can't help but feel that with the death of Ben Bradlee an era of journalism is really coming to an end.

Roger Simon@politicorogerFollow

Can't help but feel that with the death of Ben Bradlee an era of journalism is really coming to an end.

5:17 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Seeing Ben Bradlee walking the halls of the Post was one of the great thrills of working there: http://t.co/ON0YqKfxjv

Ezra Klein@ezrakleinFollow

Seeing Ben Bradlee walking the halls of the Post was one of the great thrills of working there: http://t.co/ON0YqKfxjv

5:31 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ben Bradlee was simply the greatest newspaperman in American history.

Warren Bass@warren_bassFollow

Ben Bradlee was simply the greatest newspaperman in American history.

5:11 PM - 21 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession – it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told – stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better. The standard he set – a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting – encouraged so many others to enter the profession.
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