Anthony Shadid (1968-2012)

Anthony Shadid (1968-2012) February 17, 2012

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid died Thursday, apparently from an asthma attack. He was 43.

Shadid was a terrific reporter who displayed enormous intelligence, empathy and curiosity — traits that amplified and enhanced one another in his courageous reporting.

Shadid was a frequent guest on the National Public Radio program Fresh Air, someone host Terry Gross often turned to for a deeper and broader examination of developments in the Middle East. The following is from “Fresh Air Remembers War Reporter Anthony Shadid” — which also includes links to several of his appearances on the program, all worth a listen:

New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid died Thursday, after apparently suffering a fatal asthma attack in Syria, where he was reporting on the political uprising.

In his pursuit of stories in war zones — stories he believed needed to be told — Shadid risked his life many times, and almost lost it several times. In 2002, he was shot and wounded while covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Last year while covering the uprising in Libya, he was kidnapped by government forces who beat him and held him for a week. Not long after, he risked his life again to sneak into Syria, which was not granting visas to foreign journalists.

… Shadid was an American of Lebanese descent. He was fluent in Arabic, which enabled him to speak directly with the people he was covering, and was on Fresh Air frequently over the years, most recently this past December, when he reflected on his time reporting from the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Bahrain. He told Terry Gross that 2011 had been one of the most unbelievable years he ever could have imagined experiencing in the Middle East region.

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Gary Carter (1954-2012)

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  • ambrosia

    I am not a sports fan, but my father was. The TV on a wheeled trolley had a place at the dinner table. I remember, as a girl, the games of the Expos as the first major leaague team in Canada, and Gary Carter is one of the players I remember from that time. Even as a sports-bored pre-teen I was impressed.