News outlets and twitter were abuzz yesterday with the death of Anthony Shadid, a veteran foreign correspondent covering Syria for The New York Times. He reportedly died of an athsma attack at the end of a week-long reporting trip to Syria.
Today, the web was full of tributes to Shadid. Many successful reporters who either knew him personally or were influenced by his work paid tribute to Shadid. Here are a few such tributes:
- Steve Coll, who served as an editor for Shadid during his time at The Washington Postwrote a tribute for The New Yorker.
- On GlobalPost, founding editor Charles Sennott called Shadid “the best Middle East correspondent of our generation.”
- Michael Hastings of The Rolling Stone recalls his time working alongside Shadid in Iraq, where they often shared dinner.
- NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin says he saw Shadid’s death as the loss of more than a journalist, but a great person. “Anthony the person … inspired by his example and came with a professional and personal kindness possessed by no one else,” he wrote.
- The Washington Post strung together a few different pieces by editors and correspondents who worked with him there.
- For Foreign Policy, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, David Hoffman and Tom Ricks wrote about Shadid’s influence in journalism and his exceptional skill as a reporter.
- On The Atlantic’s website, Thanassis Cambanis, a personal friend of Shadid’s, writes that “the world is poorer for his passing. We will all be dumber without his stories. There is no one else who can do what he did.”
- The Guardian’s Martin Chulov writes about his interactions with Shadid in the field, calling him a “peerless chronicler of human stories.”
- The Boston Globe’s politics editor Glen Johnson worked with Shadid during a stint at the Globe’s Washington bureau. He recalls:
I ran into my office, turned on the TV, and quickly started calling my bosses and colleagues.
Then I ran back into the lobby, where I literally bumped into Anthony as he came in the door.
“What’s going on?” he said.
“Two planes have crashed into the World Trade Center” I told him. “They think it’s a terrorist attack.”
Stunned into silence for a half-beat, he then offered a prescient response.
“This is the biggest story of our lives,” Anthony replied.
It was, especially for him.
What ensued the past decade was a gift for people on both ends on Anthony’s reporting.
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