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Ben Bradlee, Iconic Washington Post Editor, Dies at 93

Ben Bradlee, one of the most well-known executive editors of The Washington Post, died today at age 93. Bradlee was recently placed in hospice care.

Bradlee is probably most well-known to the public as the man who oversaw the reporting by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the Watergate saga.

The Post‘s own report on Bradlee’s death celebrates his tenure as a tenacious and ambitious newsman:

From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily. He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive reporting with engaging feature pieces of a kind previously associated with the best magazines. His charm and gift for leadership helped him hire and inspire a talented staff and eventually made him the most celebrated newspaper editor of his era.

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