Ben Bradlee, who led The Washington Post newsroom through the largest political scandals in U.S. history, died Tuesday at his home. He was 93.
Bradlee oversaw the paper's coverage during the Watergate scandal, which culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Alongside the Post's publisher Katharine Graham, the two decided to print stories on the Pentagon Papers, which told the secret side of the Vietnam War.
Bradlee was editor of the paper from 1965 to 1991. In that time, the paper grew to cover national issues and almost doubled its readership, the Post reported. The paper won 17 Pulitzer prizes under his leadership, and in 2013, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Bradlee suffered from Alzheimer's disease, his wife Sally Quinn told C-SPAN last month. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
In addition to his accomplishments within the Post, Bradlee inspired generations of journalists.
Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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