Reporting Vietnam: Napalm Girl

In 1950, the Associated Press became the first international news organization to establish a Saigon bureau, and the news service went on to win six Pulitzer Prizes for its reporting of the Vietnam War. One went to photographer Nick Ut for his haunting image, taken June 8, 1972, of a screaming South Vietnamese girl running down a road, her clothes and flesh burned off by napalm. The powerful photo has been credited with helping to end the war, although most U.S. troops were already long gone from Vietnam when it was taken. Ut took the girl, 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc, to the hospital. She survived, and the photographer, who lost his older brother to the war, never lost touch with her.

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“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, 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. One of my most treasured books is Vietnam INC. – the chilling Photojournalist account of the senseless Vietnam War – of which I’ve possessed two copies at various times during my 66 years.

    Humankind has sadly not been able to progress and move beyond the genocide that has been perpetrated upon the innocent – blameless millions upon millions of the world.

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