Reporters: Science of Reporting

When the atomic age dawned in July 1945 on the New Mexican desert, William L. Laurence of the New York Times was the only reporter there—although security prevented him from printing a word for a month. On Aug. 9, 1945, he rode with the B-29 bomber that obliterated Nagasaki. He once talked Harry Truman into sending a clandestine Government expedition to Africa, in quest of a rare plant from which cortisone could be produced. Leading scientists were more than his informants; they were also his friends, who respected his ability to translate...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!