Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham Exhibit Opens at the National Portrait Gallery


WASHINGTON, DC.- Born into privilege, newspaper publisher Katharine Graham (1917–2001) was catapulted onto the international stage as publisher of The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. From her entrée to the world of journalism to her formidable attainment of power, the National Portrait Gallery’s “One Life: Katharine Graham” exhibition presents a multifaceted view of the woman whose personal tenacity had the ability to shape the nation. The one-room exhibition of the National Portrait Gallery’s continuing “One Life” series will open Oct. 1 and continue through May 30, 2011. Graham was introduced into the newspaper business as a teenager when her father, Eugene Meyer, purchased the Post at a bankruptcy auction in 1933. From that point on journalism guided her career as she took on reporting stints and married Philip Graham (whom Meyer consequently appointed publisher of