Will Grimsley put on a blazer and a souvenir Olympic shield and walked through the Olympic Village gate, becoming the only print reporter to get in to the compound to cover what was eventually referred to as the Munich Massacre in 1972.
That’s one of the anecdotes in a new book that looks at how AP has covered the world. The title is “Breaking News: How the Associated Press has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else.” It is published by Princeton Architectural Press.
AP says that on any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from the organization.
Highlights include images from the AP’s archives and reporting on conflicts, trials, aviation, presidential elections, the Nuremberg war crimes and Joe Rosenthal’s photo on Iwo Jima. Contributors include Richard Pyle, Fran Mears, Walter Mears, Nancy Benac, the late Howard Benedict, Darrell Christian, Tom Jory, Mike Feinsilber, Larry Heinzerling, Hal Buell, Jerry Schwartz, Terry Hunt, Cal Woodward and Sally Jacobsen.
The book retails for $35. AP is promoting an exhibit that accompanies the publication.