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Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois

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Hersh was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a history degree.

Biographical and Professional Information

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, investigative reporter and political writer. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine since 1993 and has also written for the London Review of Books since 2013.

In 1959, Hersh began his career in journalism as a copyboy, then police reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago. He first gained recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.

In all, Hersh has won a Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards - the award's most honored laureate, two National Magazine Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting.

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