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Press Release for Thursday, October 9, 2014

UNF Lecture Series Presents Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Carl Bernstein

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The Distinguished Voices Lecture Series at the University of North Florida presents “An Evening with Carl Bernstein—The System Can Work: A Legendary Journalist Looks at America’s Government and Media from Watergate to the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044, on the UNF campus.

Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For 40 years, his books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.

In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting for which the duo and the Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years–the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual power. Renowned as a prose stylist, he has also written a classic biography of Pope John Paul II, served as the founding editor of the first major political website and been a rock critic.

As a public speaker, Bernstein addresses the increasing dysfunction of America’s governmental institutions and its devolving political-media culture. Though his presentation is a hard-eyed analysis, it’s accompanied by wit and constructive ideas for reversing the most consequential areas of national decline: the Congress of the United States (“the broken branch”); an increasingly secretive American presidency; an economy tilted against middle-class citizens; and a media landscape littered with misinformation and disinformation.

The author of five best-selling books, Bernstein is currently at work on several multi-media projects, including a TV series about the United States Congress, a feature film with director Steven Soderbergh and a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper during the Kennedy era. He also appears regularly on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine and has been an on-air political analyst for CNN.

His most recent book, “A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” was a national bestseller acclaimed as the definitive biography of its subject. With Woodward, Bernstein wrote two classic best sellers, “All the President’s Men,” also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, about their coverage of the Watergate story and “The Final Days” about the denouement of the Nixon presidency.

This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by the UNF College of Arts and Sciences and the Pre-Law Endowed Lecture Series. All Distinguished Voices lectures are free and open to the public and require a ticket. To get an e-ticket, visit or contact Kelly Gates, assistant director of Special Events, at (904) 620-2117.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.