NYT’s Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

Credit: Daily Cardinal

Anthony Shadid working in the University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal newsroom

Friday links about Anthony Shadid’s life and death:
* “The Daily Cardinal wears his alumni status as a badge of honor and his success is an inspiration to all aspiring journalists on staff”
* Washington Post staffers recall Shadid as a kind friend, extraordinary reporter
* “I wonder who can ever take his place,” says NPR foreign correspondent Quil Lawrence
* Steve Coll: “Among the qualities that distinguished his work was the sheer commitment of it”
* Marty Baron: “He had such a love for the story of the region”
* New York Sun: “There is no substitute the kind of reporting that Shadid did”
* Milwaukee paper reminds readers of Shadid’s ode to the Packers

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died Thursday in Syria, apparently of an asthma attack. Here is the Times’ story and Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s memo.

Anthony Shadid

Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 09:32 PM
To: !NYHQ-newsroom
Subject: From Jill: Death of a Colleague

All —
I have heartbreaking news. Anthony Shadid, our brilliant and beloved colleague, has died, apparently of an asthma attack, while reporting inside Syria. Anthony, accompanied by Tyler Hicks, was on his way out of the country, heading toward the border to Turkey, when he suffered the attack. Tyler carried Anthony out of Syria into Turkey.

Anthony died as he lived — determined to bear witness to the transformation sweeping the Middle East and to testify to the suffering of people caught between government oppression and opposition forces. He has spent much of his storied career chronicling the Mideast; his empathy for its citizens’ struggles and his deep understanding of their culture and history set his writing apart. He was their poet and their champion. His work will stand as a testament.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight: his wife, Nada Bakri; his son and daughter; and his parents.

* New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria