Barry Sussman

Journalist, Author


Who is Barry Sussman?

Barry Sussman is an American editor, author, and public opinion analyst who deals primarily with public policy issues.

He was city news editor at The Washington Post at the time of the Watergate break-in and was detached to direct the coverage that led to the Post’s being awarded the Pulitzer prize for public service in 1973. His book, The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate, was named by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year in 1974. Now regarded as a Watergate classic, it is in its fourth edition, available in print and ebook versions. Among other awards, Sussman was named editor of the year by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild for his work on Watergate, and he has lectured widely on the subject.

Sussman is one of a small number of journalists profiled and interviewed in Investigating Power: Moments of Truth, an online tribute to coverage of some of the most important events in recent American history.

While initially a close supervisor of the acclaimed journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, in later years Sussman became estranged from them.

He is also the author of What Americans Really Think, published by Pantheon in 1988, based on columns he wrote while pollster and public opinion analyst at the Washington Post, and Maverick, A Life in Politics, written with and about the former U.S. Senator and governor of Connecticut, Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., published in 1995 by Little, Brown.

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on July 23, 2013


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