Ben Bradlee: A Journalist’s Journalist

Former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee was one of the biggest names in journalism. He was so big that when the world thought of him, it pictured Jason Robards, the actor who portrayed Bradlee in the hit 1976 movie All the President’s Men. That Hollywood retelling of how the Post helped break the Watergate scandal popularized Bradlee, who passed away Oct. 21 in Washington at 93, as a real-life version of TV’s Lou Grant — gruff and relentlessly …

Special Report Explores Caregiving in America

I have been very public about caregiving for my parents over the past several years, but I know that the majority of the 42 million family caregivers in the U.S. aren’t as vocal as I have been about the challenges we face. Thanks to a recent special report in the Washington Post, this “quiet force caring for an aging America,” as it is described, is getting national media attention. Perhaps our voices will not be so quiet as more Americans become …

Jeff Bezos: Latest in New Breed of Newspaper Magnates

If you watched the TV series “Lou Grant,” you might cling to an image of newspaper owners in the mold of Mrs. Pynchon, the aristocratic, high-minded widow who struggled to keep the Los Angeles Tribune afloat. The character, played by the late Nancy Marchand, was based in large part on Katharine Graham, the a real-life elegant heiress and publisher of the Washington Post. Maybe that’s part of why it’s so startling to hear that Graham’s newspaper is being sold to Amazon.com …

The Wealthier You Are, the Longer You’re Likely to Live

The more money you have, the longer you just might live. What’s more, there seems to be a widening gap between the life expectancy of Americans at the upper end of the income spectrum and those at the lower end, according to research from the University of Washington and published by the Washington Post. While life expectancy has risen for the nation – it was  78.5 years in 2009 – research shows that this progress has eluded lower-wage earners. To illustrate that point, the …

One App for All Your Political News

Political junkies and regular voters from both parties can cross the great aisle of division, and unite around an iPad app that dishes up politics evenly. Just download the free Washington Post Politics App and leap into the campaign season with gusto. The app, launched earlier this year, offers terrific photos, graphics, and animation of everything political.  It features news and analysis, interactive maps with state-by-state polls, historical election results, campaign ads and candidate issues at-a-glance. It also contains, my …

Grieving for Pets and Humans: Which Hurts More?

The day after my mother died, an acquaintance earnestly told me, “I know just how you feel. My beloved dog passed away last month.” I admit I was insulted. I know she was trying to be empathetic, but really, how can grief over a pet be the same as grief over a parent? But perhaps I was wrong. Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan wrote a moving story this week about his grief over the death of his dog, Red, compared to …