Historian says 1932 Pulitzer undeserved

October 24, 2003|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK - Mark von Hagen, a Columbia University history professor hired by The New York Times to assess the coverage of one of its correspondents in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, said Wednesday that the 1932 Pulitzer Prize the reporter received should be rescinded because of his "lack of balance" in covering Stalin's government.

The Pulitzer Board had told the Times that it received complaints, many from Ukrainian-Americans, that Walter Duranty should be punished for failing to report on a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians.

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