Donald E. Graham was born on April 22, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Harvard University in 1966, Graham was drafted and served as an information specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He was a patrolman with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department from January 1969 to June 1970. Graham joined The Washington Post newspaper in 1971 as a reporter. His grandfather Eugene Meyer purchased the Post at a bankruptcy sale in 1933. His father was president of The Washington Post Company from 1947 until his death in 1963 and his mother served in a variety of executive positions from 1963 until her death in 2001. Graham was publisher of the Post from January 1979 until September 2000. He was chief executive officer of Graham Holdings Company from May 1991 until November 2015. He served as the lead independent director of Facebook's board of directors from 2009 to 2015. Graham is a co-founder of TheDream.US, the largest national scholarship fund for DREAMers. Previously, he served as chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP).
"'Should we print this story?' is almost an everyday matter. There's always something in the works that could become very big."