Graham, Katharine

orig. Katharine Meyer

born July 16, 1917, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died July 17, 2001, Boise, Idaho

U.S. owner and publisher of news publications.

The daughter of Eugene Meyer (1875–1959), owner and publisher of The Washington Post (1933–46), she studied at Vassar College and the University of Chicago. In 1940 she married Philip Graham, who later became the Post's publisher. The Grahams acquired the paper from Meyer in 1948. After her husband's suicide in 1963, she stepped in as head of the Washington Post Co. (which had purchased Newsweek in 1961). Under her leadership, and through the editorial direction of Ben Bradlee, the Post became one of the nation's most powerful newspapers, particularly with its coverage of the Watergate scandal. Her best-selling autobiography, Personal History, earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

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▪ American publisher
née  Katharine Meyer 
born June 16, 1917, New York, New York, U.S.
died July 17, 2001, Boise, Idaho

      owner and publisher of The Washington Post (Washington Post, The), Newsweek magazine, and other American news publications.

      The daughter of the publisher Eugene Meyer (Meyer, Eugene) and the educator Agnes Meyer, Katharine Meyer attended Vassar College from 1934 to 1936 and then transferred to the University of Chicago, graduating in 1938. After a year as a reporter for the San Francisco News, she joined the editorial staff of The Washington Post, which her father had bought in 1933. She also worked in the editorial and circulation departments of the Sunday Post. In 1940 she married Philip Graham, a law clerk. From 1945 she gave up her career in favour of her family. In 1946 her husband became publisher of the Post, and in 1948 the couple bought the voting stock of the corporation from her father. She remained apart from active involvement in the business as the Washington Post Company acquired the rival Times-Herald in 1954, Newsweek magazine in 1961, and several radio and television stations.

      In September 1963, following her husband's death by suicide, Graham assumed the presidency of the Washington Post Company. (From 1969 to 1979 she also held the title of publisher.) Under her leadership, The Washington Post became known for its aggressive investigative reporting, led by Ben Bradlee, who Graham named executive editor in 1968. With the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and the newspaper's unrelenting investigation of Watergate (Watergate Scandal) in 1972–74, the Post increased its circulation and became the most influential newspaper in the U.S. capital and one of the most powerful in the nation. From 1973 to 1991 Graham was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Washington Post Company. In 1998 she received the Pulitzer Prize for biography for her autobiography, Personal History (1997).

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