Ben Bradlee, Washington Post's Former Executive Editor, Dies at 93

The legendary editor steered the newspaper to national prominence during the Watergate era.
2:46 | 10/22/14

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Transcript for Ben Bradlee, Washington Post's Former Executive Editor, Dies at 93
And now we celebrate the life of Ben bradlee. The ground breaking editor of the "Washington post" died Tuesday. He wanted to get the story, get it right, and give no ground to the powerful. In news rooms, he's a legend. For reporting on history, and making it. In my naive way when I first came to this town, I didn't think presidents lied. Reporter: Veteran of world war ii, buddy of JFK. In 1968, Ben Bradley became the executive editor of the "Washington post." For 29 years, the fearless, dashing and loved leader. Fighting to publish the Pentagon papers in 1981. We were going to publish material in which in our mind had the public had the right to know and did no damage to the United States. Reporter: And year later with the story of a lifetime. Bradlee backed and guided Woodward and Bernstein, then unknown, with the water gate scandal. They have done an extraordinary job. On a roll, nobody else was touching them. Reporter: In the movie version, he was channelled by Jason robars. I can't do the reporting for the reporters. I have to trust them. Reporter: In real life, it helped dismantel the nixen administration. I will resign the presidency tomorrow. Reporter: Remembering bradlee the night wildfire his death. Here . Here's an editor without politics. That guided him in his career, guided him in his life. We need more Ben bradlees. Reporter: He and his wife, Quinn, were at the center of Washington social life. She stayed by his side. I don't think we have ever been as loving as we are now. Reporter: When he received the medal of freedom last year, he was called a titan of journalism. A newsman forever. I miss the times when the story just plain consumes the readers. When people seem to talk about nothing else. But I miss the excitement of the stories that quicken your pulse. That's when a newspaper man can get on with the job he was born to do. Not many of us were lucky enough to get that exhilarating opportunity again and again and again. He's a man so full of life and vital. And sally Quinn cared for him so well in the final years. Great love story. We are thinking of sally. And so ginger, more on the

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