David Halberstam: Author and Reporter, Dies at 73

Historians in the News

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist David Halberstam was killed in a car crash Monday, a county coroner said. He was 73.

Halberstam, a New Yorker who chronicled the Washington press corps, the Vietnam War generation and baseball, was a passenger in a car broadsided by another vehicle near the Dumbarton Bridge in Menlo Park, south of San Francisco, according to San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault.

The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. and the driver of the car carrying Halberstam identified him as the victim, Foucrault said. A call to Menlo Park police wasn't immediately returned.

"Looking at the accident and examining him at the scene indicated it's most likely internal injuries," Foucrault said.

The driver, an unnamed student at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, was taken to Stanford Medical Center. Two others were injured in the crash.

Halberstam spoke Saturday at UC Berkeley-sponsored event on the craft of journalism and what it means to turn reporting into a work of history.

He was born April 10, 1934, in New York City, the son of a surgeon father and teacher mother....

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