‘Napalm Girl’ Photographer to Speak at UM

February 29, 2016

MISSOULA – Nick Ut, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning image that became known as “Napalm Girl,” will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, March 9, at the University of Montana. His visit is part of a nationwide centennial celebration of the Pulitzer Prizes.

The lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Blewett III School of Law Room 101. The event is free and open to the public.

Ut took his iconic “Napalm Girl” photo on June 8, 1972, while working for the Associated Press. The image became a tragic symbol of the Vietnam War. Ut became a photographer at age 16 just after the death of his brother, also an AP photographer, in Vietnam. Ut will discuss his career as a war photographer and how it shaped his life.

The lecture is part of the Pulitzer Centennial, which celebrates 100 years of journalism nationwide. The celebration continues throughout 2016. Thanks to visiting professor and former AP photo editor Sally Stapleton, the UM School of Journalism was able to coordinate Ut’s visit.

“Mention the Vietnam War and the subsequent thought is a visual – that of photojournalist Nick Ut’s ‘Napalm Girl’ Pulitzer Prize-winning image from 1972,” said Stapleton, the UM journalism school T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor. “Joining us at the School of Journalism, Nick is graciously sharing his time and experiences in this year of milestones: his 50th anniversary of working with the Associated Press and the Pulitzer Prizes’ 100th anniversary yearlong celebration.”

Stapleton worked with the AP for 13 years as a deputy executive photo editor. She led teams of photographers that covered Princess Diana’s funeral, the Sept. 11 attacks, the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings. Coverage of the latter two events also won Pulitzer Prizes.

Founded in 1914, UM’s School of Journalism is now in its second century of preparing students to think critically, act ethically and communicate effectively. The Radio Television Digital News Association recently named it one of the “Top 10” journalism programs in the country. Check out the website at http://jour.umt.edu/.

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Contact: Alyssa Rabil, UM journalism school media and information coordinator, 406-243-4366, alyssa.rabil@mso.umt.edu.