Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist discusses current affairs. Houston, Texas, InterContinental Hotel, March 23, 2006.
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Celebrated journalist, Seymour Hersh, may be best known for uncovering the My Lai massacre in 1969 during the Vietnam War for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. In 2004, he broke the story of U.S. prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in a series of stories for The New Yorker. His famous reports include Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia, Kissinger’s wire tapping of newsmen and White House aides, and Bush’s use of “selective intelligence” to justify the Iraqi War. Hersh was born in Chicago to parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania and Poland. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a history degree. He began his journalistic career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau in 1959, eventually becoming a correspondent for the Associated Press before practicing as a freelancer when he reported on the Vietnam War. A few of his books include The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy (2013); Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (2005); and The Dark Side of Camelot (1997). Hersh is a recipient of many awards including two national magazine awards and five George Polk Awards. He has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1993 on military and security matters. He is based in Washington, D.C.