Katharine Graham (1917-2001) had a great impact on journalism during her lifetime. While it was going bankrupt, Graham’s father, a multimillionaire, bought The Washington Post. After he died, the company was passed down to Katharine’s husband, Phillip, but after committing suicide, she was faced with having to take over The Washington Post herself. Even though she did not have the adequate skills or experience, she took the initiative to learn what she was supposed to do to succeed. She mentions, “What I essentially did was to put one foot in front of the other, shut my eyes and step off the ledge. The surprise was that I landed on my feet.” While she was head of the newspaper, The Washington Post was involved in the “Pentagon Papers”, and even won a Pulitzer Prize because of its connection with the Watergate scandal. She has an enormous legacy at The Washington Post and serves as an example to many.
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