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Honoring Greatness: Journalists' Campaign to Award Posthumous Pulitzer to Edward Kennedy

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Honoring Greatness: Journalists' Campaign to Award Posthumous Pulitzer to Edward Kennedy

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A group of nearly 40 journalists have rallied together to start a campaign to award a posthumous Pulitzer Prize to Edward Kennedy, the reporter who first broke the news of Germany's surrender in World War II. Campaign co-chairs are Ray March, editor of the Modoc Independent News in Cedarville, Calif., and Eric Brazil, retired Los Angeles bureau chief for USA Today and former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kennedy was Associated Press Paris bureau chief in May 1945, and was among 17 reporters who were allowed to witness Germany's formal surrender. For political reasons, news of the surrender was under embargo for 36 hours so the Soviets could hold another surrender ceremony in Berlin.

But Kennedy broke the military embargo after learning the Germans had announced their own surrender in an official radio broadcast. He contacted censors and, since the safety of Allied troops was no longer an issue, he used a military phone line to call London and dictated the story. Kennedy was fired from his job for reporting the news.

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Brazil said, at the time, other reporters were "mad as hell" because the biggest story of the 21st century had been scooped out from under them, and the military was "embarrassed" about the incident. …

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