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Bob Woodward, a reporter who played a major role in uncovering the Watergate scandal, spoke in McAlister Auditorium Wednesday at 8 p.m. as part of Tulane University Campus Programming Direction’s lecture series.

Woodward worked for The Washington Post as a reporter during the Nixon administration. In 1972, he and reporter Carl Bernstein wrote multiple articles uncovering the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. During the investigation, Woodward met with an informant popularly known as Deep Throat, whose identity would remain secret for more than 30 years until Vanity Fair revealed him to be former Federal Bureau of Investigations associate director W. Mark Felt.

Woodward has since written and co-written 12 nationally best-selling non-fiction books, including “All the President’s Men” in 1974 and “Obama’s Wars” in 2010.

During the lecture, Woodward offered the audience his advice and posed some penetrating questions concerning government and journalism. He called for more transparency in government and deeper investigation by the media.

“Do you really know what goes on in your government?” Woodward asked.

He predicted that in the near future, printed newspapers will decline and be replaced by more up-to-date electronic mediums that can be updated instantly. He also said there will always be a market for professional journalists, despite the rise of Internet bloggers and commentators.

“Bloggers are a good thing, but we should have no illusion that the quality of opinion is lower,” Woodward said.

Woodward said that the upcoming presidential election will be more fraught with negative advertising campaigns than any previous election season and that alongside the presidential contest, the biggest major battle would be fought by super PACs.

Students who attended the lecture said they were impressed.