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Woodward to speak at Chamber event

FARGO - Journalist and best-selling author Bob Woodward will discuss the U.S. presidency from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama on Nov. 17 in Fargo. Woodward, best known for his work on the Watergate scandal that resulted in the eventual resignation ...

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FARGO - Journalist and best-selling author Bob Woodward will discuss the U.S. presidency from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama on Nov. 17 in Fargo.

Woodward, best known for his work on the Watergate scandal that resulted in the eventual resignation of Nixon, is the second speaker for Voices of Vision, a series by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

Woodward's work with Carl Bernstein won The Washington Post the 1973 Pulitzer Prize. Their book "All the President's Men" became a No. 1 best-seller in the spring and summer before Nixon's resignation in 1974 and the basis for a movie of the same title.

Craig Whitney, president of The Chamber, said he expects that Woodward's examination of presidential contrasts should speak to both the economy and next year's political race.

Whitney worked as deputy press secretary for the White House when Woodward researched and wrote a book on then-Vice President Dan Quayle.

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"When you allow a reporter to travel that much with you ... you really are counting on a level of professionalism and trust," Whitney said.

Woodward has written 16 nonfiction books in the past 36 years.

Whitney declined to comment on how much The Chamber is paying for Woodward's appearance.

Last November's event featuring speaker Oliver North sold out to a crowd of more than 500, Whitney said.

If you go

What: Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber's Voices of Vision with speaker Bob Woodward

When: noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17

Where: Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd St. SW, Fargo

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Info: The luncheon is $55 for chamber members and $75 for general admission. To register, visit www.fmwfchamber.com .

Readers can reach Forum business editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511

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