Associated Press photographer Nick Ut receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists tonight at the Omni Hotel downtown. On June 8, 1972, Ut was outside the village of Trang Bang when he got one of the iconic photographs from the Vietnam War. He talks here about that day and trying to get help for Phan Thi Kim Phuc, burned in a napalm drop on her home. Ut shoots for AP in Los Angeles and has for a long time. In addition to Ut, SPJ is giving Distinguished Journalist awards to the LAT's Paul Pringle, KPCC's Frank Stolze, Fox 11's John Schwada and Terri Vermeulen Keith of City News Service. I'll be there to pick up the Distinguished Work in New Media Award for LA Observed.
Photo: Nick Ut/ Associated Press