Katharine Graham

 

 

Age: 84

 

Summary: newspaper and magazine publisher who transformed Washington Post into one of the most influential newspapers in the country when she took control of the paper in 1963 after the suicide of her husband Phil Graham, who in 1971 gave her editors the go-ahead to publish the Pentagon Papers after a federal court enjoined the New York Times doing so, but thee years later she encouraged reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in their relentless investigation of the Watergate scandal, and who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her memoir Personal History.

 

 

Cause of Death: Head injuries suffered in a fall

 

Born: June 16, 1917

 

Died: July 17, 2001

 

Location: Boise, Idaho