Remembering David Halberstam
David Halberstam, a journalist, author, and historian, was killed in an auto accident near San Francisco, California. His reportage and books covered a wide range of subjects, most notably the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the American automobile industry, and professional sports. At the time of this death, he was conducting research for a book about the 1958 NFL championship game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts.
Halberstam, 73, was one of the founding members of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, a consortium of reporters, editors, producers, owners and academics that was administered by PEJ from 1997 until 2006. Bill Kovach, CCJ’s founding chairman and senior counsel for PEJ, was a colleague of Halberstam at The Tennessean (Nashville) in the late 1950s.
PEJ has compiled a collection of tributes remembering Halberstam’s life and career. Over the next few days, we will continue to add to this list, including his writings on the craft of the journalism profession. If there is a piece you would like to contribute to our website, please email us at email@example.com.
"Suddenly gone, but Halberstam's words will live on"
"A Journalist For Whom There Were Not Enough Words"
"Colleagues say Halberstam's quest started in Nashville"
"David Halberstam: Witness to War"
"A Sad Day for Journalism"
"One of a kind: Halberstam leaves legacy of hard work, passion"
"A Skeptical Vietnam Voice Still Echoes in the Fog of Iraq"
"Halberstam leaves chasm in journalism"
"David Halberstam was my journalistic hero"
Joseph Galloway, Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 30, 2007
"'Greatest journalist of my lifetime'"
"David Halberstam: In Memoriam Alabama author Winston Groom recalls a man of profound understanding"
Winston Groom, Alabama Press-Register, April 29, 2007
"Saying goodbye to a mentor and friend"
"Full of sound, fury and brilliance"
"CCJ's Bill Kovach Remembers David Halberstam"
Dwight Lewis, The Tennessean, April 26, 2007
"David Halberstam on Poetry, Bush, and Baseball"
George Packer, New Yorker, May 7, 2007
"Halberstam In His Own Words -- A Special To CCJ From William Prochnau"
Richard Reeves, Waltham Daily News Tribune, April 29, 2007
"Halberstam's beat was his country"
"Halberstam Gave Good Quotes -- And Autographs"
Obituaries and News
"David Halberstam, 73, Reporter and Author, Dies"
"Author Uncloaked Vietnam Blunders"
"Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer David Halberstam, 73, Dies"
"Famed Vietnam War reporter Halberstam dies"
"Writer Halberstam is killed in car crash"
"Author David Halberstam Killed in Crash"
"DAVID HALBERSTAM: 1934-2007 -- Author was on his way to an interview"
"Veteran Reporter Dies in Crash"
"Student relished chance to drive Halberstam"
Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher, April 26, 2007
In Halberstam's Words
"How Do You Get Readers Interested In A Story?"
"Tip On Book Writing From David Halberstam"
"David Halberstam – Columbia Journalism Award"