AP CEO Tom Curley to discuss firing of WWII reporter

May 2, 2012
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Ed Kennedy’s War: V-E Day, Censorship, & The Associated Press
Sixty-seven years after AP fired correspondent Ed Kennedy for breaking a military embargo to report the end of World War II, President and CEO Tom Curley is apologizing for how the situation was handled.  

In an introduction to a newly published, posthumous memoir, Curley and Louisiana State University Provost John Maxwell Hamilton defend Kennedy’s actions. Calling him an “American hero,” they conclude that “Kennedy was the embodiment of the highest aspirations of the Associated Press and American journalism.”

Curley and Hamilton will discuss the book, “Ed Kennedy’s War: V-E Day, Censorship, & The Associated Press,” edited by his daughter, Julia Kennedy Cochran, May 9, at The National Press Club in Washington. The pair will address Kennedy’s opposition to wartime censorship and his controversial decision to defy a military embargo and report on Germany’s surrender in 1945. The talk will be moderated by Rick Dunham, Washington bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers and president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

“This fascinating memoir was written by a gifted war correspondent,” says Sydney H. Schanberg, author of "Beyond the Killing Fields: War Writings."

Alex S. Jones, author of "Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy," calls the memoir a “window on the reality of war and reporting.”
“Ed Kennedy’s War” is being published this month by Louisiana State University Press as part of its “From Our Own Correspondent” series. See more on the book (as well as a downloadable cover image) on the publisher’s website: http://bit.ly/ufGKoX.

Reservations are required for the National Press Club discussion, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. See details here: http://bit.ly/I5Ijth.

Read the AP’s story about the book and Curley’s apology here: http://bit.ly/IPl2pf.

And watch an video interview with Curley here: http://bit.ly/INY0Pu.

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