Bearing Witness

The Times has long deployed journalists to every corner of the world to witness history unfold, sometimes at personal risk.

Sydney H. Schanberg and Dith Pran of The Times remain in Cambodia when it falls to the Khmer Rouge regime. Their collaboration leads to a Pulitzer Prize and the Oscar-nominated film, “The Killing Fields.”

1975

William L. Laurence, a science reporter, is the only journalist to witness the bombing of Nagasaki. He writes the official history of the A-bomb project.

1945

Changing History

Fearless journalism can hold power to account and spur change.

The Times begins publishing a series of excerpts from the government’s classified history of the Vietnam War. Publication is interrupted after the Nixon administration goes to court to block it, and The Washington Post begins publishing the papers. On June 30 the Supreme Court, 6-3, allows the series to resume.

1971

A series of Times exposés brings down the corrupt Tweed Ring and ends its domination of City Hall. William Tweed is convicted of stealing millions of dollars from New York City taxpayers.

1871

Improving Lives

The Times gives reporters the resources they need to dig into a single story for months at a time. We do that because journalism has the ability to change lives for the better.

Unvarnished, a three-part series examining the working conditions and potential health risks endured by nail salon workers, publishes. In response to the series, New York State enacted new laws to protect nail salons workers. Governor Cuomo stated, “exploitation has no place in the state of New York.”

2015
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