Sally Quinn – Washington Post

Date(s) - 09/19/2017
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Residence Inn Back Bay Boston/Fenway

125 Brookline Avenue

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Denver Forum Proudly Presents:

Sally Quinn

6:30 PM Dinner





Sally Quinn – Briefly Biographical

A Savannah, Georgia, native and Smith College graduate, Quinn began at The Washington Post with very little experience: reportedly called by Ben Bradlee after a report of her pajama party in celebration of the election to Congress of Barry Goldwater, Jr., the job interview included the following exchange.

“Can you show me something you’ve written?” asked Managing Editor Benjamin Bradlee. “I’ve never written anything,” admitted Quinn. Pause. “Well,” said Bradlee, “nobody’s perfect.”

However, she soon demonstrated, as a reporter for the paper’s style section, a talent for drawing out the subjects of her interviews and profiles. Henry Kissinger said, “[The Post reporter] Maxine Cheshire makes you want to commit murder. Sally Quinn makes you want to commit suicide.”

Quinn was critical of President Bill Clinton during the impeachment trial, stating that he had “fouled the nest”. Regarding Whitewater Independent Counsel Ken Starr, she wrote: “Similarly, independent counsel Ken Starr is not seen by many Washington insiders as an out-of-control prudish crusader. Starr is a Washington insider, too. He has lived and worked here for years. He had a reputation as a fair and honest judge. He has many friends in both parties…”

On February 19, 2010, The Washington Post published an excerpt from “Sally Quinn’s: The Party.” This was Quinn’s last appearance  for the printed newspaper. The column alluded to Bradlee family dysfunction, her son’s wedding, which she scheduled on the same day as the wedding of her husband’s granddaughter. The column was considered inappropriate and reader backlash was immediate, criticizing Quinn for airing family laundry and Washington Post editors for printing it.

Quinn continues to write for the Post’s On Faith blog.

In August 1973, Quinn tried her hand at television, joining CBS News reporter Hughes Rudd as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News. Quinn was given no training, a huge buildup and ninety minutes before her television debut on August 6, 1973.  Quinn left the CBS Morning News after the February 1, 1974, telecast. She chronicled her short, disastrous television career in the bestselling book “We’re Going to Make You a Star.”


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