Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction

2009 Special Prize

Nick Turse

Nick Turse has been awarded a special Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, which was created this year to honor him for his investigative reportage on the systemic atrocities of the Vietnam War.

With his Nation article “A My Lai a Month,” Nick Turse proved Ron Ridenhour’s long-held conviction that the massacre at My Lai was not an aberration. Turse uncovered declassified documents that disclosed an Army investigation of “Speedy Express,” an offensive in the Mekong Delta—mere months after My Lai—in which the Ninth Infantry Division claimed an enemy body count of 10,899 while only capturing 748 weapons. In his article, Turse writes, “The investigation paints a disturbing picture of civilian slaughter on a scale that indeed dwarfs My Lai, and of a cover-up at the Army’s highest levels.”

A historian, journalist, and the associate editor and research director of TomDispatch.com (a project of The Nation Institute), Turse is the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Mother Jones, The Village Voice and other publications. Turse is currently at work on his next book, Kill Anything That Moves, a history of U.S. atrocities in Indochina during the Vietnam War.

Turse has a Ph.D in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.