12 Facts About the Washington Post


The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper.

A newspaper is a serial publication containing news, other informative articles, and advertising.

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It is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., and was founded on December 6, 1877, making it the area's oldest extant newspaper.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.

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Located in the capital city of the United States, the newspaper has a particular emphasis on national politics.


Daily editions are printed for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east.

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions of the United States.


The newspaper is published as a broadsheet, with photographs printed both in color and in black and white.

A broadsheet is the largest newspaper format and is characterized by long vertical pages.


The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes.

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.


This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, the second-highest number ever awarded to a single newspaper in one year.


Post journalists have also received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards.

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard awards multiple types of fellowships.


In the early 1970s, in the best-known episode in newspaper's history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press' investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal; reporting in the newspaper greatly contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s, following a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and President Richard Nixon's administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement.

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States who served from 1969 to 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign the office.

Robert Upshur "Bob" Woodward is an American investigative journalist and non-fiction author.


In years since, its investigations have led to increased review of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center — known as Walter Reed General Hospital until 1951 — was the U.S. Army's flagship medical center from 1909 to 2011.


In 2013, longtime owners the Graham family sold the newspaper to Jeff Bezos for US$250 million in cash.


The newspaper is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company Bezos created for the acquisition.

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