SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
During a 40-year career with United Press International and the Los Angeles Times, David Lamb gained a reputation as the quintessential foreign correspondent. He has reported from more than 100 countries on all seven continents and covered many of the worlds most compelling news stories, from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. His reporting has been nominated for eight Pulitzer Prizes. In 1968, David volunteered for an assignment in Vietnam as a battlefield reporter for UPI. He spent two years there, then returned in 1975 to cover the fall of Saigon for the Los Angeles Times. Two decades later, in 1997, The Times sent him back to Vietnam for four years, this time based in Hanoi, to run the papers first peacetime Indochina bureau. To discover that Vietnam is a country, not a war, was an extraordinarily rewarding and fascinating experience, he recalls. David is the author of six books. His most recent book is Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns.