Reporting Vietnam: Peter Arnett

Peter Arnett

Peter Arnett reported from Vietnam from 1962 until the fall of Saigon in 1975. (The Associated Press)

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Peter Arnett reported from Vietnam for the Associated Press from 1962 until the fall of Saigon in 1975. Arnett’s frank reporting often made him a target; reporter David Halberstam called the Pulitzer Prize–winning New Zealander the “gutsiest” man he knew.

“Burning homes, crying children, frightened women, devastated fields, long lines of slowly moving refugees.”

Arnett shared memories of his experiences in Vietnam at a special invitation-only program May 21 at the Newseum. His time covering the war is featured in “Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war and explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

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Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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  1. I was Arnett’s overseas cameraman in El Salvador. He was as crusty as they get.
    As he recalls in his book “Live From The Battlefield” we had issues about when it was o.k. to slug your reporter/cameraman. We always made up in the end and dusted ourselves off!.

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