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Katharine Graham

Age: 84

newspaper and magazine publisher who transformed the Washington Post into one of the most influential newspapers in the country. She took control of the paper in 1963, after the suicide of her husband, Phil Graham. In 1971 she gave her editors the go-ahead to publish the Pentagon Papers after a federal court enjoined the New York Times from doing so. Three years later she encouraged reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in their relentless investigation of the Watergate scandal. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her memoir, Personal History.

Died: Boise, Idaho, July 17, 2001

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