Legendary journalist Bob Woodward will speak May 4 at Kent State University as part of the school's Presidential Speaker Series.
Woodward, who is associate editor for The Washington Post, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center ballroom. His talk coincides with the annual commemoration events marking May 4, 1970, when four students were killed and nine others wounded by the Ohio National Guard during a campus protest.
Kent State will pay Woodward $50,000 to speak. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. For free tickets and event information, go to: www.kent.edu/president/speakerseries.
“Bob Woodward is one of the most influential and well-known journalists of our times,” Kent State President Beverly Warren said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Woodward’s insights on the Richard Nixon presidency and the Kent State shootings, which President Nixon said were among the darkest days of his presidency, are of particular interest to our Kent State community.”
Kent State said Woodward will discuss the events of 1969 and the Vietnam War leading up to Cambodia. He will also reflect on President Nixon’s comment on the shooting that “the few days after Kent State were among the darkest of my presidency.”
Woodward has reported on nine U.S. presidents and has won the Pulitzer Prize twice. He also has authored or co-authored 19 books. He gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein reported on Watergate. Their book, “All the President’s Men,” became a No. 1 national best-seller and was turned into a movie in 1976 starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
In listing the all-time 100 best nonfiction books, Time magazine called “All the President’s Men” “perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
Journalist Jeff St. Clair will serve as master of ceremonies and will moderate a question-and-answer session onstage with Woodward following his remarks. St. Clair is the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” on WKSU, which is co-sponsoring Woodward’s appearance at Kent State.