Hersh, Seymour Myron

Hersh, Seymour Myron,

1937–, American investigative journalist, b. Chicago, grad. Univ. of Chicago (1958). He began his career (1959) at a local news bureau, then became a wire service correspondent, and was press secretary to presidential candidate Eugene McCarthyMcCarthy, Eugene Joseph,
1916–2005, U.S. political leader, b. Watkins, Minn. He served (1942–46) as a technical assistant for military intelligence during World War II and then taught (1946–49) at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
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. Working as a freelancer, he broke (1969) the story of the My Lai incidentMy Lai incident
, a massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War. On Mar. 16, 1968, a unit of the U.S. army's Americal division, led by Lt. William L.
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, a civilian massacre during the Vietnam War. This reporting earned him an international reputation and a Pulitzer Prize (1970), and was amplified in the books My Lai 4 (1970) and Cover Up (1972). Hersh subsequently worked for the New York Times (1972–75, 1979), covering the Watergate affairWatergate affair,
in U.S. history, series of scandals involving the administration of President Richard M. Nixon; more specifically, the burglarizing of the Democratic party national headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C.
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, the CIA's role in domestic spying and the overthrow of Chile's President AllendeAllende Gossens, Salvador
, 1908–73, president of Chile (1970–73). A physician, he helped found the Chilean Socialist party in 1933, was minister of health (1939–42) and president of the senate (1965–69).
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, the downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007, and the India-Pakistan conflict. His reporting on the Nixon administration led to The Price of Power (1983), a scathing portrait of Henry KissingerKissinger, Henry Alfred
, 1923–, American political scientist and U.S. secretary of state (1973–77), b. Germany. He emigrated to the United States in 1938. A leading expert on international relations and nuclear defense policy, Kissinger taught (1957–69) at
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. A contributor to the New Yorker since 1993, Hersh has written extensively about post-9/11 America, the Bush administration, national security, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; in 2004 he broke the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse story. Many of these articles were collected in Chain of Command (2004).


See his Reporter: A Memoir (2018).

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