The Washington Post was founded in 1877 and is Washington D.C.'s longest serving newspaper. The Washington Post's biggest claim to fame was their involvement in the 'Watergate Scandal' in the 1970s, which led to the then US President Richard Nixon resigning.
History of The Washington Post newspaper
The Washington Post is a daily broadsheet newspaper that serves Washington D.C. And its surrounding areas such as Maryland and Virginia. The newspaper is owned by The Washington Post Company and currently has Marcus Brauchli as its Executive Director (replacing Leonard Downie. Jnr in 2008).
Stilson Hutchins founded The Washington Post back in 1877 and released a Sunday version of the paper in 1880. The newspaper was then sold to Frank Hatton and Beriah Wilkins.
The Washington Post is seen as one of the most influential newspapers in America and due to the government being based in the capital, it has great access to all the major events in US politics.
Washington Post's involvement in The Watergate Scandal
The Washington Post played a huge part in former US president Richard Nixon's downfall. In the early 1970s the newspaper exposed Richard Nixon by highlighting the fact he had recorded himself talking to several people about a break in at the government offices. This cover-up of the burglary and the confidential files that were accessed made the president's role untenable.
List of awards the Washington Post newspaper had won
The Washington Post has been awarded a total of 47 Pulitzer prizes in its lifetime due to its excellence in reporting.
You can find more information on the history of The Washington Post at the following address en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Post