Barry Sussman 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 winning the Pulitzer prize for public service in 1973.
The New York Times chose his 1974 book, “The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate,” as one of the best books of the year. 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 in 1973. He 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.
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.
From 2003 to 2012 he was editor of the Watchdog Project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and ran a website, niemanwatchdog.org, which was aimed at helping improve news reporting on public policy issues.
Sussman started in journalism in 1960 as a reporter at the Bristol (Va.-Tenn.) Herald Courier. In 2011 he was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Brooklyn College, his alma mater.