Robert Upshur Woodward is an American journalist. He is best known for his role in discovering the Watergate scandal.
Woodward was born to an upper-class family. After his parents divorced when he was twelve, he was raised by his father. He was educated at Yale, and afterwards took a five-year tour of duty with the US Navy.
Instead of attending Harvard for law, he decided to take a temporary journalist position at The Washington Post while take graduate courses. He was not hired full-time due to his lack of experience. After he had worked at The Montgomery Sentinel for a year, The Washington Post hired him for a full-time position.
Along with Carl Bernstein, he investigated a break-in at the Watergate offices complex that led them to the discovery of the Watergate scandal. He wrote two books with Bernstein detailing the events.