Cyrus L. SulzbergerPulitzer Prize winnerPARIS -- Cyrus...


Cyrus L. Sulzberger

Pulitzer Prize winner

PARIS -- Cyrus Leo Sulzberger, who earned an international reputation and a Pulitzer Prize covering foreign affairs and the Cold War for the New York Times for nearly 40 years, died Monday at his home here.

The 80-year-old author of two dozen books and a foreign affairs columnist for the Times for 24 years was also a member of the family that helped lead the paper into journalistic renown.

He was a nephew of Arthur Hays Sulzberger, Times publisher from 1935 to 1961, and a cousin of Times Co. Chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, publisher from 1963 to 1992.

Mr. Sulzberger started his career as a general assignment reporter for the Pittsburgh Press before joining United Press in Washington. He also worked for other newspapers and periodicals in the United States and Europe before joining the Times in 1939 as a foreign correspondent. He went on to cover the battle lines of World War II in more than 30 countries for the newspaper.

In 1951, he got a Pulitzer Prize citation for his coverage of guerrilla movements in Yugoslavia and his stories on Marshal Josip Broz Tito.

His aggressive reporting got him banned from more than a half-dozen countries over the years, and in 1977 he was accused in an article in Rolling Stone magazine of having had a secret relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency.

After an extensive investigation the Times concluded he never had been a paid agent of the CIA. Mr. Sulzberger acknowledged in his 1970 book "The Last of the Giants" that he sometimes had behind-the-scenes roles in stories that he covered.

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