A Terrible Loss

Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid, a Middle East correspondent for The New York Times passed away today in Eastern Syria, having suffered a fatal asthma attack. Like millions of other readers, I’d been a longtime admirer of Anthony’s superb coverage of the Middle East as a reporter for the Times and the Washington Post.

He was one of the most curious, kindhearted, thoughtful, and intelligent journalists I’d ever met, a mentor to countless foreign correspondents, and someone who set a new standard for informed, balanced, and nuanced storytelling that somehow managed to find the momentous in the mundane.

I feel privileged to have known him personally, and I will mourn his loss.

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