David Lamb (journalist)

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David Lamb is a freelance writer who traveled the world for twenty-five years as a Los Angeles Times correspondent. He left the paper in 2004 after 34 years and now freelances.[1]


David Lamb was born in Boston. He graduated from the University of Maine's School of Journalism in 1962, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi.[2] He began his career with The Okinawa Morning Star, then moved on to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Oakland Tribune. He then joined United Press International in San Francisco and Denver; from 1968 to 1970, he worked as a battlefront correspondent in Saigon. He joined the LA Times in 1970 and has been based in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as being bureau chief in Sydney, Nairobi, Cairo and Hanoi. He covered the fall of Saigon in April 1975 on a temporary assignment for The LA Times.

He has been a Nieman Fellow, an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow,[3] a Pew Fellow and a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California's School of Journalism. He is believed to be the only U.S. newspaper correspondent from the Vietnam War to later live in peacetime Hanoi, Vietnam.[4]


He is the author of six books:

  • The Africans,
  • The Arabs: Journeys Beyond the Mirage,[5]
  • Stolen Season: A Journey Through America and Baseball's Minor Leagues,
  • A Sense of Place: Listening to Americans,
  • Over The Hills: A Midlife Escape Across America By Bicycle, and
  • Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns.