Sheehan, Neil

Sheehan, Neil (Cornelius Mahoney Sheehan), 1936-2021, American journalist, b. Holyoke, Ma. Sheehan was hired by United Press International (UPI) in 1962 and was sent to Saigon to cover the growing conflict in Vietnam. He subsequently was hired by the New York Times in 1964, where he continued to write about the war in Vietnam until 1968. He returned to the US to cover politics and the growing antiwar movement for the paper. Political dissident Daniel Ellsberg gave Sheehan a vast trove of materials relating to the War in 1971 that was subsequently published in the Times as Pentagon Papers, earning Sheehan a Pulitzer Prize.

See hisA Bright Shining Lie (1989).

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