“Katherine Graham: Originally Katherine Meyer (1917-2001) U.S. owner and publisher of news publications. Born in New York City, the daughter of Eugene Meyer (1875-1959), owner and publisher of The Washington Post (1933-1946), she studied at Vassar College and the University of Chicago. In 1940 she married Philip Graham who later became the Post’s publisher. The Grahams acquired the paper in 1948. On her husband’s suicide in 1963, she stepped in as head of the Washington Post Co. (which had purchased Newsweek in 1961). Under her leadership the Post became one of the nation’s most powerful newspapers, particularly with its coverage of the Watergate Scandal. Her best-selling autobiography is Personal History (1997, Pulitzer Prize).”
Excerpted from: Stevens, Mark A., Ed. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 2000.