He’s best known for his courageous war-zone reporting from Cambodia during the fall of Phonm Penh in 1975 and his chronicling of the savage genocide by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. He won a Pulitzer for that but, more importantly, he showed the world another side of himself through his close relationship with his interpreter, Dith Pran.
When Communist guerrillas overran the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in the spring of 1975, The Times said, Schanberg and his assistant Dith Pran refused pleas by their editors to evacuate.
The relationship between foreign correspondent and fixer is critical in the field of reporting. One can’t work without the other. The partnership between New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg, who died last week, and Cambodian journalist Dith Pran was no exception.