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Seymour Hersh - Star in Journalism History

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Claire E.

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Transcript of Seymour Hersh - Star in Journalism History

Seymour Hersh
Star in Journalism History By: Claire Embrey - 6B Hersh's Career Facts & Quotes Books & Awards Bibliography Employment Continued Employment Continued Employment Seymour "Sy" Myron Hersh Education Born on April 18th 1937 in Chicago, Illinois
He was born into a family with Yiddish-speaking parents who had immigrated to the U.S. shortly before, from Lithuania and Poland, respectively.
His father owned and operated a dry-cleaning plant in the far west side neighborhood of the city, called Austin.
Seymour had an older twin brother, Alan, and a set of older twin sisters. Hersh attended and graduated the University of Chicago with a degree in history, but found it difficult to find a job in the field. Soon after, he began working at a local Walgreen's store.
Wanting to continue his education, and look into, or pursue, another career, Hersh was accepted and began attending the University of Chicago Law School. After starting to work towards a second degree, Hersh was expelled from the school due to his poor grades.
Finally, Hersh decided to begin his career in journalism as a police reporter for the Chicago City News Bureau (1959, age 22). While working at the News Bureau, he founded a short-lived suburban Chicago newspaper (1961). In 1962, after working for the City News Bureau, Hersh became a correspondent for United Press International (UPI) where he was assigned to cover news from South Dakota.
Later, in 1963, he transferred [jobs] to become a Chicago and Washington correspondent for the Associated Press. In 1965, his job required him to move from Chicago to Washington D.C.
While working for the Associated Press, Hersh encountered I.F. Stone, who was working with I. F. Stone's Weekly. Stone's journal was the beginning inspiration for Hersh's later work, and started the spark for his interest in investigative journalism. After working for AP for 5 years, he left in 1967.
Why did Hersh leave? The Associated Press had given Hersh a spot in the investigative unit of the paper. He had been asked to write a story about the Pentagon’s development of both chemical and biological weapons. After completing the story, Hersh gave the final copy to his editors, but they began breaking apart the story and editing it themselves to the point where Hersh realized this may not be the company for him.
Hersh sold the story to The New Republic, and shortly after, began working for the magazine. In 1968, during the Presidential Elections, Hersh served as press secretary for Senator Eugene McCarthy’s campaign.
Once Hersh left McCarthy’s campaign he turned back to journalism, not working for any specific company, but covering the Vietnam War.
Soon after, Geoffrey Cowan of The Village Voice suggested an idea for an article that led Hersh to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1970.
Hersh began investigation and reported on what was known as the My Lai Massacre. (Back Story - An Army lieutenant was sent to court for killing civilians in Vietnam). Hersh sold his article to the Dispatch News Service; the article was run in over 33 newspapers. Hersh was married in 1958, and is still married, to Elizabeth Sarah Klein.
While working at The New York Times, Hersh's nickname was 'my little commie.'
Quotes: "I'm a better American than 99% of the guys in the White House," "Bush can talk about 100,000 people wanting to go work in the police or in the army. It's because there's nothing else for them to do. They're willing to stand in line to get bombed because they want to take care of their family," and "It doesn't matter that Bush scares the hell out of me. What matters is that he scares the hell out of a lot of very important people in Washington who can't speak out, in the military, in the intelligence community." Hersh won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1970, and George Polk Awards for his article on the My Lai Massacre. He also received the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction.
Hersh published several books including "Chemical and Biological Warfare: America's Hidden Arsenal" (1968), "My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath." (1970), "The Dark Side of Camelot" (1997), "Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib." (2004), along with 6 others. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1872
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Hersh The Beginning Employment Continued Shortly after winning the Pulitzer Prize, Hersh was hired (in 1972) to become a reporter for the Washington bureau of The New York Times. He worked for the paper from 1972 until 1975, and later in 1979.
Hersh was involved in the investigation of Project Azorian while working at The New York Times.
Although not working full time, anymore, Hersh still contributes regularly to The New Yorker on both military and security issues. Books, Awards, Quotes, Etc. Quick Quiz 1. Where were Hersh's parents originally from?
2. Did Hersh ever receive a second degree in law?
3. What story was Hersh best known for?
4. How many newspapers was the story run in?
5. What year did Hersh when the Pulitzer Prize?
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