Monday, April 23, 2007

Menlo Park car crash kills David Halberstam

The AP is reporting that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam, 73, was killed this morning in an auto accident in Menlo Park near the Dumbarton Bridge. The crash was reported at 10:35 a.m. on the westbound Bayfront Expressway at Willow Road. The driver of the car carrying Halberstam is a student at the Graduate School of Journalism at the UC-Berkeley, and was taken to Stanford Medical Center, the AP said. Two others were injured. Halberstam spoke Saturday at a UC Berkeley-sponsored event on the craft of journalism and what it means to turn reporting into a work of history.

Halberstam won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Vietnam War for the New York Times. He quit daily journalism in 1967 and wrote 21 books covering such diverse topics as the Vietnam War, civil rights, the auto industry and a baseball pennant race. (Photo credit: AP file.)

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