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LSU’s Reilly Center to Host Retrospective on Watergate Scandal

04/12/2012 02:17 PM

BATON ROUGE – Nearly 40 years after the June 1972 Watergate burglary, the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs will host a retrospective on the infamous political scandal on Monday, April 23, at 5 p.m., in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building.


The event, “Inside Watergate: A Retrospective on  the Watergate Scandal and Its Coverage – 40 Years Later,” will feature two key figures in the investigation and coverage of the scandal, as well as the author of an important new book about the so-called “Deep Throat” source for many of the explosive revelations in the Washington Post.


“For a generation after the early 1970s, many young people entered politics out of their desire to emulate Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters most closely associated with Watergate,” said Bob Mann, director of the Reilly Center. “This forum will explore new revelations about Watergate with a journalist who has uncovered the untold story of ‘Deep Throat.’ We will also explore the legacy of Watergate with the prosecutor who sent the burglars to prison and the editor who supervised Woodward and Bernstein.”


Participating in the discussion will be:


  • Barry Sussman, a Washington Post editor for 22 years. Sussman held the positions of city editor, special Watergate editor, special projects editor/national, pollster and public opinion analyst and columnist for the Washington Post National Weekly Edition. He is currently editor of the Nieman Watchdog Project at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is the author of three books, including “The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate.”
  • Earl J. Silbert, the first Watergate prosecutor, who served for nearly 20 years in the U.S. government as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, in the Tax Division and Deputy Attorney General’s Office of the Department of Justice. Silbert was also an Assistant United States Attorney. He is now a partner with DLA Piper, based in Washington, D.C. Silbert concentrates on white collar crime investigations and trials, civil and criminal tax, securities, defense procurement, environment, health care, and representation of lawyers and law firms on ethical, malpractice and partnership issues.
  • Max Holland is a contributing editor at “The Nation” magazine and the “Wilson Quarterly,” and sits on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. His articles have also appeared in “The Atlantic Monthly,” “American Heritage,” the Washington Post, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, “Studies in Intelligence,” the Journal of Cold War Studies, Reviews in American History, and online at History News Network. Holland’s books include “Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat;” “The Kennedy Assassination Tapes: The White House Conversations of Lyndon B. Johnson regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission, and the Aftermath;” “The CEO Goes to Washington: Negotiating the Halls of Power;” and “When the Machine Stopped: A Cautionary Tale from Industrial America.”


For more information about the event, contact Emily Wascom at the Reilly Center at 225-578-7312 or

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