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Author and Journalistic Icon Carl Bernstein To Speak At The Bankhead

Livermore, CA – (October 24, 2022) –

Renowned news reporter and author Carl Bernstein will discuss the intersection of media and politics at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov.3, in Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.


Speaking just days before the Nov. 8 midterm election, Bernstein will draw on his five decades of news reporting experience to provide insight into such topics as the similarities and differences between Presidents Richard Nixon and Donald Trump; where the country stands politically today; the role of media and journalism past and present; and his journalism career path.


Bernstein is best known as part of the Washington Post reporting duo, who with Bob Woodward, exposed the Nixon administration’s effort to cover up the 1972 burglary of Democratic National Committee Headquarters in the Watergate Building, Washington D.C. The break-in was masterminded by political operatives working for President Nixon. The ensuing political scandal led Nixon to resign in disgrace in 1974. 


Historians have called the reporting by Woodward and Bernstein perhaps the greatest example of investigative journalism holding power to account. As a result of the Watergate story, Woodward and Bernstein became cultural icons who inspired a generation to pursue journalism careers and Hollywood to produce newsroom-based television dramas. Watergate underscored the importance of an independent press to democratic institutions.


After leaving the Washington Post in 1977, Bernstein continued to focus on the use and abuse of power by political leaders. He has authored or co-authored six books, the best known of which is “All the President’s Men” (1974), co-written with Woodward. The book was the basis for the movie by the same name. Bernstein also is a frequent political and media analyst for major television networks. 


Livermore Valley Arts presents Bernstein’s talk in partnership with the Rae Dorough Speaker Series. For a direct link to purchase tickets online or for more information, visit Bankhead Theater at Tickets also are available by calling (925) 373-6800 or visiting the Bankhead Theater box office at 2400 First Street, Livermore, noon to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. 


The Bankhead Theater keeps COVID safety protocols in place with enhanced air circulation and no touch ticketing. Proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry at ticketed performances unless noted as part of a contractual obligation with the artist. Tickets for all shows in the 2022-2023 Bankhead Presents season are available online, by calling 925-373-6800, or at the box office windows. For a complete list of events, visit

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