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Harrison Evans Salisbury (November 14, 1908 – July 5, 1993), an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (1955), was the first regular New York Times correspondent in Moscow after World War II.[1] He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Minneapolis North High school in 1925 and the University of Minnesota in 1930.

Spent nearly 20 years with United Press, much of it overseas. Was UP's foreign editor during last two years of World War II. Was The New York Times' Moscow bureau chief from 1949-1954. Constantly battled Soviet censorship and won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1955. He twice (in 1957 and 1966) received the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

Covered the growing civil rights movement in the South in the early 1960s. Directed The Times' coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Created The Times' Op-Ed page in 1970. Was assistant managing editor from 1964-1972, associate editor from 1972-1973. He retired from The Times in 1973.

Salisbury was among the earliest mainstream journalists to oppose the Vietnam War after reporting from North Vietnam in 1966. He took much heat from the Johnson Administration and the political Right, but his previous standards of objectivity helped to sway journalistic opinion against the war. He is interviewed in the anti-Vietnam War documentary film In the Year of the Pig.

Reported extensively from Communist China, where, in 1989, he witnessed the bloody student uprising at Tiananmen Square.

He wrote 29 books, including American in Russia (1955) and Behind the Lines—Hanoi (1967). His other books include Orbit of China (1967), War Between Russia and China (1969), The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad (1969), "The Gates of Hell" (1975), Black Night, White Snow: Russia's Revolutions 1905-1917 (1978), Without Fear or Favor: The New York Times and Its Times (1980), Journey For Our Times (autobiographical, 1983), China: 100 Years of Revolution, (1983), The Long March: The Untold Story (1985), Tiananmen Diary: Thirteen Days in June (1989), The New Emperors: China in the Era of Mao and Deng (1992) and his last, Heroes of My Time (1993). The 900 Days was in the process of being adapted into a feature film by famous Italian director Sergio Leone at the time of Leone's death in 1989.

Salisbury was an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.[2]


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