Carl Bernstein began his work as a journalist at the mere age of 16 for the Washington Star. He was born February 14, 1944 in Washington D.C. In 1965, Bernstein left the Star and became a full-time reporter for the Elizabeth Daily Journal in New Jersey. He won first prize in New Jersey’s press association for investigative reporting, feature writing, and news on a deadline. In 1966, Bernstein left yet again and joined the Washington Post. With six years under his belt at the time of his fateful pairing with Woodward, he had a large impact on Woodward’s writing and how to improve his stories. Bernstein was depicted as a chain-smoker, which proved true to his character. Together, the two served as an unforgettable partnership. Bernstein’s full biography can be found here.
A young Carl Bernstein
Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein in All the President’s Men
All the President’s Men depicts Carl Bernstein as a shaggy journalist who almost seems to stumble through his investigation at times. He is always seen with a cigarette in his hand, which is, in fact, accurate. The film doesn’t seem to represent Bernstein completely true to reality. “Woodstein Meets Deep Throat,” quotes Bernstein to be, “brash, ready to take a chance, a polished writer and cunning interviewer.” The film downplays some of these characteristics, creating their own twist on Bernstein, perhaps to create a “side-kick” of sorts to Woodward, who is portrayed as “the hero.”