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About the Author — Sydney Schanberg
Sydney H. Schanberg, an internationally known journalist, has written extensively on foreign affairs, on issues such as ethics, race and government secrecy, and on corporate excesses and the weaknesses of the national media.
Most of his award-winning work has been done for newspapers but his writing also has appeared in magazines and other media. The Academy Award-winning movie, "The Killing Fields," was based on his experiences covering the war in Cambodia for The New York Times for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting "at great risk" in 1976. He is also the recipient of two George Polk awards, two Overseas-Press Club awards and the Sigma Delta Chi prize for distinguished journalism.
Schanberg's first job in journalism was as a copy boy at The New York Times, where he was hired in 1959. He spent the next 26 years there. After doing local and national news for eight years on the reporting staff, he was posted overseas — first to New Delhi, where he covered the 1971 war between India and Pakistan.
In 1973, he moved to Singapore to cover Southeast Asia, but primarily Cambodia and Vietnam. In 1975, he was one of a handful of Western correspondents to witness the collapse of Cambodia, filing dozens of stories from Phnom Penh in the final days of the barbaric takeover by the Khmer Rouge insurgents.
Soon after, Schanberg returned to The Times' home office to become the Metropolitan Editor and, later, a columnist on the opinion page. In 1986, he left The Times to write his column for New York Newsday on a range of subjects, from police corruption and real estate scandals to the fate of American POWs still missing in Vietnam.
After a decade at Newsday, Schanberg left to write in-depth articles, including a Life magazine piece on child labor in the third world that led to reforms by Nike and other multinational companies.
To better understand the Internet, he spent a year as investigations editor for APBNews.com, a website that won several press awards before it went into bankruptcy in 2000. In 2002, Schanberg was appointed as the first fellow appointed to the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship at the New Paltz campus of the State University of New York.
He then spent three years at The Village Voice, writing long-form news reports and press criticism as the paper's Press Clips columnist — receiving the Bart Richards award for outstanding media criticism from Penn State University in 2005.
Sydney Schanberg was born on January 17, 1934 in Clinton, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College, graduating with a B.A. in government in 1955, followed by two years in the army. He divides his time between New York City and New Paltz, with his wife, Jane Freiman, an editor and writer. He has two daughters — Jessica and Rebecca — and two grandchildren.
This first anthology of his war writings, Beyond the Killing Fields, (Potomac Books, March 2010) spans the period from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War.
About the Editor — Robert Miraldi
Robert Miraldi is an award-winning author and journalist who has taught at the State University of New York's College at New Paltz since 1982. He has written two books and edited two others — much of his scholarly work has been about investigative reporting.
Dr. Miraldi's first book, Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions, was published by Greenwood Press in 1991. In 2003, his biography of Charles Edward Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, was published by St. Martin's Press and named the best book in the country in Journalism and Mass Communication. He edited an anthology, The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders, published in the fall of 2000. In addition, he compiled Beyond the Boys of Summer: The Very Best of Roger Kahn, an anthology of work by sportswriter Roger Kahn over his illustrious 50-year career, published in 2005 by McGraw-Hill.
For eight years Miraldi wrote a column about freedom of speech and press for the Gannett Newspapers, twice named the best column on legal affairs in New York State.
Miraldi was a newspaper reporter in New York City for 10 years before a journalism professor. He teaches news reporting, public affairs reporting, press history and mass media law and started the journalism program at the college — currently the largest and most active such program in the New York State public university system.
In 1991, Miraldi was a Fulbright Scholar lecturing on the American press in the Netherlands. He lives with his wife, book author and investigative reporter Mary Beth Pfeiffer in Stone Ridge, NY.
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