Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom

Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein is the veteran journalist’s account of his start in the business. A native of Washington, D.C., Bernstein was almost failing out of high school when he got a job as a copyboy at the Evening Star, mostly because of his fast typing. From there, his career rose to cover Washington politics during the turbulent midcentury. He describes the atmosphere of the old newsrooms, filled with typewriters and reporters yelling “Copyyyyyy!” as a signal to the underlings like Bernstein to grab their typed stories. Though Bernstein focuses on his career before the Watergate story that made him and Bob Woodward nationally famous, his memories about his early years in Washington touch on important moments like his coverage of the Kennedy administration and the civil rights movement. This is a nostalgic and illuminating look at Bernstein’s past, the fraught history he covered, and the golden years of print journalism. (Non-Fiction)