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Seymour Topping
Topping at the Reynolds Journalism Institute (2008)
Topping at the Reynolds Journalism Institute (2008)
Born Seymour Topolksy
(1921-12-11)December 11, 1921
Harlem, New York City, United States
Died November 8, 2020(2020-11-08) (aged 98)
White Plains, New York, United States
Occupation Journalist, author, and professor
Language English
Alma mater University of Missouri School of Journalism
Notable works On the Front Lines of the Cold War
Journey Between Two Chinas
Spouse Audrey Ronning Topping
Children 5

Seymour Topping (December 11, 1921 – November 8, 2020) was an American journalist. He was best known for his work as a foreign correspondent focusing on wars in China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and the Cold War in Europe.

From 1969 to 1986, he was the second senior-most editor at The New York Times. He was the San Paolo Professor Emeritus of International Journalism at Columbia University. He was administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes from 1993 to 2002.

Topping died on November 8, 2020 in White Plains, New York, at the age of 98 from a stroke.

Topping was the author of the following books:

  • On the Front Lines of the Cold War: An American Correspondent's Journal from the Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam (2010). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • Journey Between Two Chinas (1972). New York: Harper & Row.
  • The Peking Letter: A Novel of the Chinese Civil War (1999) New York: PublicAffairs.
  • Fatal Crossroads: A Novel of Vietnam 1945 (based partly on the experiences of OSS officer A. Peter Dewey) (2005) White Plains: Signature Books.

Articles by Topping and his wife were included in The New York Times Report from Red China (New York: Quadrangle Books, 1971).

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