Katharine Graham
American publisher
Katharine Graham
Katharine Meyer Graham was an American publisher. She led her family's newspaper, The Washington Post, for more than two decades, overseeing its most famous period, the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Her memoir, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
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NI LA MADRE QUE LOS PARIÓ - marca.com (blog)
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KATHARINE GRAHAM, NO TE ASUSTES. Y en el caso de las televisiones y radios que tienen que ver con el evento deportivo, DICK EBERSOL, VUELVE. En este Land llamado España,tenemos graves problemas económicos por parte de todos los que invirtieron en
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Truman Capote, America's Author-Celebrity - Smithsonian (blog)
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“The social high point of his life was the November 1966 ball he threw for Katharine Graham in New York, the Black and White Ball,” says Henderson. “Everybody came wearing masks. It was the social event of the sixties.” But Capote's instinct for
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Obama Vacation Easy to Criticize, Hard to Read: Margaret Carlson - Bloomberg
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Theirs wasn'ta working vacation so much as a networking one, punctuated by parties with Jackie O, Beverly Sills, Katharine Graham and James Taylor. Many evenings were devoted to fundraising -- soaking the rich as the rich soaked up the sun
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Meet Amy Henderson, Historian at the National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian (blog)
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Her books and exhibitions run the gamut from the pioneers in early broadcasting to Elvis Presley to Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Graham. She is currently at work on a new dance exhibition entitled “One! Singular Sensations in American Dance,”
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Chelsea Handler is ready to skewer Washington - Washington Examiner (blog)
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There, she chatted up guests (and was offered vodka drinks — her favorite — several times) at the former Katharine Graham estate in Georgetown, now the property of businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein. She attended wearing a gorgeous
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The Tone-Deafness of Obama on Martha's Vineyard - Pajamas Media
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Colbert King, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at The Washington Post, pulled no punches in his clear-eyed critique of the President's upcoming vacation on chi-chi Martha's Vineyard, where the likes of Mr. King's late boss, Katharine Graham,
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Digital economy or bust: the story of a new media startup - part 28 - The Guardian (blog)
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"But between you and me, she won't be for much longer – she's not exactly Katharine Graham … " "Well, I bet you've never brought in the Pentagon Papers," Mark chipped in. It was while we were laughing at how clever we both were that I noticed Melissa
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Today in History: Thursday, July 14 - Herkimer Evening Telegram
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Katharine Graham, the 84-year-old chairman of the executive committee of The Washington Post Co., suffered a head injury in a fall in Sun Valley, Idaho (she died three days later). Israel destroyed the home and office of Hezbollah's leader,
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News International boss Rupert Murdoch flies in to take charge after News of ... - Daily Mail
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Publisher Katharine Graham was informed. Likewise, Bradlee was aware when I obtained private telephone and credit-card records of one of the Watergate figures.' 'Then there's the other inevitable Watergate comparison. The circumstances of the alleged
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Murdoch's Watergate - Newsweek
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Publisher Katharine Graham was informed. Likewise, Bradlee was aware when I obtained private telephone and credit-card records of one of the Watergate figures. All institutions have lapses, even great ones, especially by individual rogue
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Page One: Inside the New York Times - FrumForum
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In the past, Punch Sulzberger, Katharine Graham, Otis Chandler, and Walter Cronkite told us which stories were the “important” ones; they set the agenda. Today, Google, Yahoo, and AOL tell newspapers and magazines what stories and topics they need to
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RIT names Thomas Award winners - Newspapers and Technology
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... Mark Mikolajczyk, president and publisher of (Melbourne) Florida Today; Thomas Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press; Allen Neuharth, chairman and president of the Gannett Co. Inc.; and Katharine Graham, president of Washington Post Co
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Alumni to Receive Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing - What They Think
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Inc.; and Katharine Graham, president of Washington Post Co. "This group of distinguished photojournalists has demonstrated significant career achievements in the news media industry," says Twyla Cummings, the Paul and Louise Miller Distinguished
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Amanpour named 2011 Cronkite Award Winner - Media Newswire (press release)
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Other Cronkite Award recipients include TV anchors Brian Williams, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw, newspaper journalists Ben Bradlee, Helen Thomas and Bob Woodward and media executives Katharine Graham, Al Neuharth and Bill Paley
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Summer Movie Club - Columbia Journalism Review (blog)
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... should be screened in all journalism school ethics classes; with "Ace in the Hole" Billy Wilder gave Kirk Douglas some wonderful lines; and Bogart looks great in a bow tie in "Deadline USA," with Ethel Barrymore as a prototype Katharine Graham
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Today's Birthdays - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
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He's only one of three actors who earned an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony in his career, and one of seven actors who won a Tony and an Oscar for the same role on stage and screen. Publisher Katharine Graham. (Born 1917) She was the publisher and executive
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Katharine Graham
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2001
    Age 83
    In 2001, Graham fell on a sidewalk while visiting Sun Valley, Idaho.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later she died in a hospital in Boise due to trauma resulting from the ensuing head injury. Her funeral took place at the Washington National Cathedral. Graham is buried in historic Oak Hill Cemetery, across the street from her former home in Georgetown.
  • 2000
    Age 82
    In 2000, Graham was named as one of the International Press Institute's 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 50 years.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Katharine Graham was presented, posthumously, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
  • 1997
    Age 79
    In 1997, she received the Freedom medal.
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    Graham published her memoirs, Personal History, in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The book was praised for its honest portrayal of Philip Graham's mental illness and received rave reviews for her depiction of her life, as well as a glimpse into how the roles of women have changed over the course of Graham's life. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
  • 1988
    Age 70
    In 1988, Graham was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • 1979
    Age 61
    In 1979, Deborah Davis published a book titled Katharine the Great about Graham.
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    In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Graham's name and picture.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1975
    Age 57
    In 1975, Graham received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
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  • 1973
    Age 55
    In 1973, Graham received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College.
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  • 1972
    Age 54
    In conjunction with the Watergate scandal, Graham was the subject of one of the best-known threats in American journalistic history. It occurred in 1972, when Nixon's attorney general, John Mitchell, warned reporter Carl Bernstein about a forthcoming article: "Katie Graham's gonna get her tit caught in a big fat wringer if that's published."
    More Details Hide Details The two words her tit were cut on publication. Graham had strong links to the Rockefeller family, serving both as a member of the Rockefeller University council and as a close friend of the Museum of Modern Art, where she was honored as a recipient of the David Rockefeller Award for enlightened generosity and advocacy of cultural and civic endeavors (see External links below). In 1966, Graham was the ostensible honoree of Truman Capote's Black and White Ball.
    She became the first female Fortune 500 CEO in 1972, as CEO of the Washington Post company.
    More Details Hide Details As the only woman to be in such a high position at a publishing company, she had no female role models and had difficulty being taken seriously by many of her male colleagues and employees. Graham outlined in her memoir her lack of confidence and distrust in her own knowledge. The convergence of the women's movement with Graham's ascension to power at the Post brought about changes in Graham's attitude and also led her to promote gender equality within her company. Graham hired Benjamin Bradlee as editor and cultivated Warren Buffett for his financial advice; he became a major shareholder and something of an eminence grise in the company. Her son Donald was publisher from 1979 to 2000. Graham presided over the Post at a crucial time in its history. The Post played an integral role in unveiling the Watergate conspiracy and ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 49
    She tried to push white lawyer Edward Bennett Williams into the role of Washington D.C.'s first commissioner mayor in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details The position went to Howard University-educated lawyer Walter Washington. Graham was also known for a long-time friendship with Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway owns a substantial stake in the Post.
  • 1963
    Age 45
    Katharine Graham assumed the reins of the company and of the Post, after Philip Graham's suicide. Graham was de facto publisher of the newspaper from 1963 onward, held the title of president from at least 1967, then formally holding the title of publisher from 1969 to 1979 and that of chairwoman of the board from 1973 to 1991.
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    At a newspaper conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Philip apparently had a nervous breakdown. Graham was sedated and flown back to Washington, where he would end up in the Chestnut Lodge psychiatric facility near Washington, D.C. During a weekend release from Chestnut Lodge on August 3, 1963, Philip Graham committed suicide with a 28-gauge shotgun at the couple's Glen Welby home.
    More Details Hide Details Katherine Graham never remarried.
  • 1962
    Age 44
    Philip Graham dealt with alcoholism and mental illness throughout his marriage to Katharine. He had mood swings and often belittled her, calling her horrible names. On Christmas Eve in 1962, Katharine found out her husband was having an affair with Robin Webb, an Australian stringer for Newsweek.
    More Details Hide Details Philip declared that he would divorce his wife for Robin and he made motions to divide up the couple's assets.
  • 1959
    Age 41
    Meyer left that position only six months later; he was Chairman of the Washington Post Company until his death in 1959, when Philip Graham took that position and the company expanded with the purchases of television stations and Newsweek magazine.
    More Details Hide Details The Grahams were important members of the Washington social scene, becoming friends with John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert McNamara, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and Nancy Reagan among many others. In her 1997 autobiography, Graham comments several times about how close her husband was to politicians of his day (he was instrumental, for example, in getting Johnson to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1960), and how such personal closeness with politicians later became unacceptable in journalism.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 28
    Philip Graham became publisher of the Post in 1946, when Eugene Meyer handed over the newspaper to his son-in-law.
    More Details Hide Details Katharine recounts in her autobiography, Personal History, how she did not feel slighted by the fact her father gave the Post to Phillip rather than her: "Far from troubling me that my father thought of my husband and not me, it pleased me. In fact, it never crossed my mind that he might have viewed me as someone to take on an important job at the paper." Meyer went on to become the head of the World Bank.
  • 1940
    Age 22
    On June 5, 1940, she married in a Lutheran ceremony Philip Graham, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Lally Morris Weymouth (born 1943), and three sons: Donald Edward Graham (born 1945), William Welsh Graham (born 1948) and Stephen Meyer Graham (born 1952).
  • 1938
    Age 20
    Graham began working for the Post in 1938.
    More Details Hide Details While in Washington, D.C., she met a former schoolmate, Will Lang, Jr. The two dated, but broke off the relationship due to conflicting interests.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Age 1
    Her father's sister, Florence Meyer Blumenthal, founded the Prix Blumenthal, given to painters, sculptors, decorators, engravers, writers, and musicians during the period of 1919-1954.
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  • 1917
    Born
    Katharine Graham was born Katharine Meyer in 1917 into a privileged family in New York City, the daughter of Agnes Elizabeth (née Ernst) and Eugene Meyer.
    More Details Hide Details Graham's father was a financier and, later, a public official. He bought The Washington Post in 1933 at a bankruptcy auction. Graham's mother was a bohemian intellectual, art lover, and political activist in the Republican Party, who shared friendships with people as diverse as Auguste Rodin, Marie Curie, Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt, and worked as a newspaper reporter at a time when journalism was an uncommon profession among women. Graham's father was Jewish and her mother was Lutheran, from a family of German descent. Along with her four siblings, Graham was baptized as a Lutheran but attended an Episcopal church. Her siblings included Florence Meyer, Eugene Meyer III (Bill), Ruth Meyer and Elizabeth Meyer. Graham's parents owned several homes across the country, but primarily lived between a veritable "castle" in Mount Kisco, New York, and a smaller home in Washington, D.C. Graham often did not see much of her parents during her childhood, as both traveled and socialized extensively, and was raised in part by nannies, governesses and tutors. Katharine endured a strained relationship with her mother. Agnes Meyer was reportedly very negative and condescending towards Katharine, which had a negative impact on Katharine's self-confidence.
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