Past Event

War Reporting: Lessons from Vietnam

March 29, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

A part of Legacies of the Vietnam War


  • Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist
  • Fox Butterfield, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist
  • Edith Lederer, Associated Press Chief Correspondent of the U.N.
  • Nancy Trieu Giang Bui, Journalist


  • Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Chair in the History of the United States and East Asia, Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
  • James Bennet, Senior Editor, The Economist

How did the harsh reality of the Vietnam War change war reporting, and how did these changes affect reporting for generations to come? What lessons in Vietnam remain relevant in today's war coverage? 

This panel features renowned Vietnam War journalists Peter Arnett, Fox Butterfield, Edith Lederer, and Nancy Trieu Giang Bui, as they explore the evolution of war reporting from the Vietnam War to contemporary conflicts. Through their firsthand experiences, the panelists will discuss the challenges, ethical dilemmas, and transformative lessons learned in the field. This discussion hopes to shed light on the significant impact of journalism in times of war and how historical insights can guide today's war correspondents.

Courtesy of the Mach Family Gift for Global Vietnamese Studies

This talk is part of the Legacies of the Vietnam War 75th Anniversary series and the 75th Anniversary Global Asia Film Series  Learn more about WEAI's 75th anniversary. It co-sponsored by the Columbia Journalism School, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, SIPA Technology, Media, and Communications, and NYSEAN.

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Contact Information

Julie Kwan

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute