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Ben Bradlee: A fearless editor with an outsized personality
Ben Bradlee: A fearless editor with an outsized personality

I had been an intern in the Washington Post's Style section for barely two weeks when I spotted Ben Bradlee standing in a hallway, reading some notices on a bulletin board at the edge of the newsroom. Flush with excitement at being at the paper and utterly oblivious to the lowliness of my status, I walked up to him. "Hi -- I'm an intern," I said. He turned and looked at me, cocking his head. "I know who you are," he said in a feisty growl. Whatever else he said or I said after that is forgotten. All I remember is my first brush with the swagger that had made him a fearless editor and an outsized personality.  Over the next 12 years that I worked at...

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