Author and journalist Bob Woodward.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bob Woodward, the renowned author and journalist, will be the 2007 commencement speaker at Bucknell University, President Brian C. Mitchell announced.

Woodward will speak at Bucknell's 157th commencement on Sunday, May 20. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Mitchell invited Woodward to speak based upon the recommendation of Class of 2007.

'Unique perspective'
"Bob Woodward has a unique perspective on many of the most pivotal events of America's recent history," said Mitchell. "We are delighted he will be speaking to our 2007 graduates, and look forward to hearing the observations and insights of one of the most significant voices in modern American journalism."

Class of 2007 president Loren Fishkind of Rye Brook, N.Y., said the class officers were especially pleased to have Woodward as commencement speaker.

"The senior class is thrilled to welcome Bob Woodward to Bucknell," said Fishkind. "As one of the country's premier investigative reporters and assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, he has proven with his perseverance, courage, and passion, the power of the media. His work has earned the respect and admiration of so many Americans. I am sure his message will be very meaningful to all of us as we look to pursue our own destinations."

'Best reporter of our time'
The Wall Street Journal has called Woodward the "most celebrated journalist of our age," while Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said Woodward has "established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."

Currently the assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, Woodward rose to prominence in American journalism when he teamed with Carl Bernstein at the Post to investigate the burglary at the Watergate office building. The Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for its reporting of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration.

Most recently, Woodward made international news with the publication of his interviews with President Gerald R. Ford. Published posthumously, as agreed upon with the former president, those interviews included Ford's opinions on the performance and leadership of other presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.

10 No. 1 best sellers
Woodward is the only contemporary American writer to author or co-author 10 No. 1 best-selling non-fiction books. His most recent best-seller, State of Denial, published in 2006, analyzes the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq.

Another book, Bush at War, focused on the three months following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during which the United States prepared for war in Afghanistan, took steps toward a preemptive strike against Iraq, and began a war against terrorism around the world.

A subsequent book, Plan of Attack, continued that story with the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq and the efforts that followed to deal with the conflict. 

All the President's Men
Some of Woodward's other books include All the President's Men and The Final Days, both co-authored with Carl Bernstein; The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, co-authored with former staff writer Scott Armstrong; Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi; Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA; The Commanders; The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle; and The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House.

Woodward joined The Washington Post in 1971 and, in 1979, became assistant managing editor of metropolitan news. He assumed his current position in 1982.

A native of Wheaton, Ill., Woodward received his bachelor's degree in English and history from Yale University in 1965, and then served as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy.

Arrangements for the appearance of Woodward were made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y.

Posted Jan. 18, 2007