William Tuohy


Los Angeles 2006
Photo by Nik Wheeler

Vietnam 1965

William Tuohy
Retired Foreign Correspondent, Los Angeles Times

Telephone: (310) 268-8209
Fax: (310) 268-8209
Email: btuohy@aol.com

William Tuohy was born and raised in Chicago when he opted for journalism while recovering from injuries received in a train crash and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle as a copy boy, cub reporter, rewrite man, and night city editor. He shifted to New York and Newsweek, where he wrote and edited in several departments before becoming political correspondent for the 1964 presidential campaign and, afterward, the chief of the Saigon Bureau, which received the Headliners award in 1965. Tuohy joined the Los Angeles Times in 1966 and won the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting in 1968 (he has been nominated for the Pulitzer four times) and the following year the Overseas Press Club Award for best foreign reporting from the Middle East. He also covered the conflicts in Central America, Northern Ireland and the Gulf, as well as covering the fall of Saigon in 1975 and the Berlin Wall in 1989.

After spending forty years overseas, he is now retired in Los Angeles where he continues to work on books related to naval history.

BA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. 1951

Headliners Award, Vietnam Bureau coverage, 1965
Pulitzer Prize, International Reporting, Vietnam, for 1968
Overseas Press Club, International Reporting, Middle East, 1969
Best Feature Story, Submarine Review, 2003

Los Angeles Times:
European Security Correspondent, London, 1990-1995; Bonn Bureau Chief, 1985-90; London Bureau Chief, 1977-85; Rome Bureau Chief, 1973-77; Beirut Bureau Chief, 1968-73; Saigon Bureau Chief, 1966-68.

Newsweek Magazine:
1964; Assistant National Editor, 1962-64; Writer, 1959-62, features and national affairs.

San Francisco Chronicle:
Copy boy, reporter, night city editor, 1952-59.

Enlisted, U.S. Navy 1944-46. Served with the Submarine Force, aboard USS Florikan, a submarine rescue vessel in the Pacific.

Top L to R: Tom Gelderman, Bill Tuohy, Jules Compernal. Kneeling: Sherman Wolper.
Navy Officers Program - Depauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. Summer 1944

London 1984
Photo by Judy Ross

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