Sydney Schanberg, 1934-2016

Sydney H. Schanberg, the former New York Times  war correspondent best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, died July 9 at age 82 .

The story of what happened after Schanberg and his Cambodian assistant, the photojournalist Dith Pran,  remained in Phnom Penh after the takeover became the basis for the acclaimed film, “The Killing Fields.”

Schanberg, who went on to write for New York Newsday and The Village Voic e, took part in two panels at Vietnam Veterans of America’s April 2000 “Rendezvous with War” Vietnam War academic conference at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. In 2010 he compiled forty of his newspaper and magazine articles and essays into a book called Beyond the Killing Fields: War Writings

Schanberg and Dith Pran (right) in Cambodia


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