My history hero: Katharine Graham (1917–2001)

Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge chooses Katherine Graham as her history hero

Margaret Hodge has been the MP for Barking since 1994. She held a number of ministerial positions during the 1997–2010 Labour administration, and was appointed DBE in 2015. (Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock)

This article was first published in the August 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

Katharine Graham was the scion of a wealthy New York family who bought The Washington Post in the 1930s. She became de facto publisher of the newspaper in 1963 following the suicide of her husband, and later chairwoman of the board. The mother of four presided over the newspaper (now owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos) in the early 1970s when it played a pivotal role in uncovering the Watergate conspiracy, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. She died in 2001, aged 84.

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