David Hume Kennerly Blog

50th Anniversary of the Watergate Break-in

By David Hume Kennerly | Jun 18, 2022

Kennerly’s Watergate Photo Gallery This is the 50th anniversary of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office Building. It led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. This image of Martha Mitchell was John F. Kennedy, Jr’s favorite political photo. I took it in 1970.  Martha was the wife of […] Read More

On Winning a Pulitzer Prize 50 Years Ago

By David Hume Kennerly | Apr 30, 2022

Fifty years ago today, May 1, 1972, a message reached me in Saigon that changed my life. It said I had just won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography. Here’s an edited version of the story as recounted in my book Shooter published in 1980. I got the call at 4 a.m. from […] Read More

Triple Play

By David Hume Kennerly | Mar 10, 2022

Fifty years ago on March 9, 1972, I celebrated my 25th birthday in Saigon. It was an occasion I never thought I’d see. I arrived in Vietnam a year earlier, and during the ensuing months saw combat in Cambodia, the India-Pakistan War, and of course, Vietnam. There were so many close calls that by rights […] Read More

Kennerly Commencement Address at U of Arizona

By David Hume Kennerly | Dec 17, 2021

David Hume Kennerly’s address to the Commencement and SBS Convocation, 2021 graduating class of the School of Social Sciences & Behavioral Sciences, “The People College” at the University of Arizona, Tucson, December 17, 2021 What an amazing group! Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2021. You have survived and triumphed over our ongoing Covid nightmare, […] Read More

General Colin Powell: Soldier & Statesman

By David Hume Kennerly | Oct 20, 2021

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Henry Lee’s eulogy honoring General George Washington could well have been written for General Colin Powell. Our paths didn’t cross in Vietnam where he pulled two tours, the first in 1962-63, and then in 1968. During that second deployment Major Colin […] Read More

In and Out of Afghanistan

By David Hume Kennerly | Sep 7, 2021

September 11, 2001. I was in Washington, D.C. on an assignment for Newsweek. Just before 9 a.m. I tuned in to ABC’s Good Morning America. They were holding on a live shot of the North Tower of the World Trade Center where it appeared that an airplane had crashed into the building. It was smoking […] Read More

Four Days of The Mayaguez

By David Hume Kennerly | May 7, 2021

After word of the ship’s capture reached the president the administration tried to secure the release of the crew through diplomatic channels.  They sent messages through the Chinese who were allies of the Khmer Rouge. There was no reply, however, and some doubt that anyone, including the Chinese, really knew who was running the show […] Read More

50th Anniversary of the “Fight of the Century”

By David Hume Kennerly | Mar 3, 2021

In late 1970 I hounded the bosses at United Press International (UPI) to send me to Vietnam to cover the fighting. The opportunity was slipping away as the U.S. withdrew its troops and transferred the responsibility of conducting the war to the government of South Vietnam. As a young news photographer this was the biggest […] Read More

How To Transition

By David Hume Kennerly | Jan 19, 2021

President Gerald R. Ford held his first meeting with President-elect Jimmy Carter on November 22, 1976, thirteen years to the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was the first time Carter had been in the White House. The two sat in the Oval Office under the portrait of George Washington that hangs […] Read More