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Pulitzer-winning reporter Anthony Shadid dies at work in Syria

By Rick Gladstone, New York Times, Feb 16/17, 2012

Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack, on Thursday while on a reporting assignment in eastern Syria. Tyler Hicks, a Times photographer who was with Mr. Shadid, carried his body across the border to Turkey.

Mr. Shadid, 43, had been reporting inside Syria for a week, gathering information on the Free Syrian Army and other armed elements of the resistance [....]

The Syrian government, which tightly controls foreign journalists’ activities in the country, had not been informed of his assignment by The Times. The exact circumstances of Mr. Shadid’s death and his precise location inside Syria when it happened were not immediately clear.

But Mr. Hicks said that Mr. Shadid, who had asthma and had carried medication with him, began to show symptoms early Thursday, and the symptoms escalated into what became a fatal attack. Mr. Hicks telephoned his editors at The Times, and a few hours later he was able to take Mr. Shadid’s body into Turkey [....]

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the Washington Post:

Author, journalist Anthony Shadid dies while covering Syria insurrection


Author, journalist Anthony Shadid dies while covering Syria insurrection

Prize-winning correspondent, 43, “changed way we saw Iraq, Egypt, Syria over last, crucial decade.”

A sad reminder of the risks great journalists will take to try to do their jobs.  What a shame, and loss.

A major loss for quality journalism as well as his family, friends and the acquaintances all over the Mideast and the world.

Here are his main competitors all basically admitting that his talent, skill and accomplishments in coverage were superior to theirs:

Dexter Filkins: Keeping Up with Shadid

Steve Coll: Postscript: Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012

Jon Lee Anderson: Remembering Anthony Shadid

George Packer: Anthony Shadid’s Passion

Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Anthony Shadid, the ‘most gifted foreign correspondent in a generation’


High, and surely deserved praise, indeed.  Coll and Filkins are two I have enormous respect for in particular.  

Typical Lisbeth Salander-like (hope you don't mind me throwing in that reference--my wife and I have recently seen both the currently playing and original Swedish versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, and watching the scenes with Lisbeth in front of her laptop or in the library getting to the bottom of whatever she chooses to, I thought of you and wondered who would win a hypothetical research contest between the two of you.  Though what you share here surely is all legal.) research excellence on your part, a, though I suspect these were not some of your hardest finds.  Thanks for sharing and hope you're well.

And two others fall, victims of an attack that apparently was deliberately targeted at a makeshift media center:


Marie Colvin's final dispatches from Homs:


Dave Remnick @ The New Yorker on Marie Colvin:

[...] Like Shadid, Colvin devoted her life—and gave her life—for the proposition that the truth of history demands witnesses. Her death, like Shadid’s, like that of so many others, is yet another reminder, as if any more were needed, that experience in the field is no shelter from disaster. In November 2010, at St. Bride’s Church in London, Colvin was one of the speakers at a service called Truth At All Costs to honor the hundreds of journalists who have died in war zones over the years. The Duchess of Cornwall was there. As ever, Colvin spoke best for herself as she described the essential place of war reporting and the inner calculus of risk. Here are a few paragraphs, but I would hope you will read it all: [...]

Beirut Gathering Pays Tribute to Anthony Shadid, Alice Fordham, Washington Post yesterday's edition

(registration to access the online version may be required.  If so, it is free of charge on my last understanding.)

It was also announced that he will be honored posthumously with a George Polk Award in Journalism (Associated Press, February 17):

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