Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism

Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, will teach his first-ever online class on Investigative Journalism. 

As a global spotlight has surfaced on trust in news and truth in reporting, there has never been a more important time to examine the fundamentals of reporting, the role of journalism, and the critical checks and balances it provides. In his MasterClass, Woodward, one of the greatest reporters of all time, will teach the lessons he’s learned during his 45-year career and the impact journalism can have. 

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971, and an adjunct professor at Yale where he teaches a journalism seminar in the Spring term. He earned two of the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1973 for uncovering the  Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and the second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, and twelve of them have been #1 national bestsellers.  All the President’s Men – Woodward’s first book, coauthored with Carl Bernstein – was a 1976 movie with Robert Redford starring as Woodward.

In his MasterClass, Woodward will tap into his personal experiences to teach students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it. In the process, he’ll teach students how to be more engaged citizens, journalists, and writers. His lessons will focus on how to interact and interview, along with strategies and techniques for building confidence and trust. Through case studies, he will show how he has built trust with people at all levels, including presidents, CIA directors, intelligence operatives, FBI officials, senior and lower-level national security officials, top White House advisers, prosecutors, Supreme Court justices and their clerks, business leaders and members of the House and Senate and their aides. He will use transcripts of interviews he conducted with both Trump and Obama to demonstrate the power of listening and aggressive, patient, all-source inquiry.

“Everyone is a journalist. Every person is a gatherer of facts –  testing and verifying them, assessing their quality and rendering judgements on truth and meaning, then communicating them to others. This is not just the life of reporters and writers but of everyone – scientists, business people, laborers, lawyers, public officials, consumers, and parents. It is the community in which we all live and fundamental to the checks and balances in society… Everyone is a secret sharer in the First Amendment…this is the final exam for democracy.” — Bob Woodward

“Bob Woodward is the best investigative journalist of our time. He helped uncover stories that changed our country’s history, forever,” said David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder. “He’s brilliant, fair, aggressively non-partisan, and an amazing storyteller. There has never been a more important time for us to learn how to uncover the truth and a build a case — to learn from his mastery.”