February 17th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012

Steve Coll of The New Yorker remembers interviewing the late Anthony Shadid for a job at The Washington Post:

"Shadid, who died on Thursday at the age of forty-three, apparently of an asthma attack, while covering the conflict in Syria for the Times, was over the last decade or more the most intrepid, empathetic, fully engaged correspondent working in the Middle East for American audiences. He had many gifts and was an exceptionally graceful, easy, and generous man, but among the qualities that distinguished his work was the sheer commitment of it.

When he came to the Washington Post about a decade ago to serve as a correspondent, I was working as an editor at the paper. I asked a standard job-interview question about his goals in the years ahead, and he provided one of the most striking, emphatic answers I can recall from countless discussions of that type: He intended to move to the Middle East, to chronicle in every dimension possible the upheavals in Arab societies that would inevitably follow the September 11th attacks, and to do nothing else, professionally. If we, the Post, would facilitate this ambition, he would be grateful, but that was the only job he was interested in or would be for years to come, he said. It is rare for anyone—never mind a writer—to possess such clarity. And Shadid carried out his plan exactly as he said he would, just not for the full measure of years that we would have wished."

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  1. S.V.P.YADAV

    Respected C N N editor Garu, Mr Anthony Shadid death is World loss big ethitic human.I told my condolences to his family and near and dear.

    February 18, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Although he was allergic to horses, he put up with them on a secret trail from Syria back to Turkey. That proved his undoing. A real pity to lose a good journalist like him.

    February 18, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply
  3. Lien Poter

    Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 34 million Americans. Asthma symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness, are common in an asthma attack. Sometimes asthma is called bronchial asthma or reactive airway disease. Asthma in children is on the rise, but with proper treatment for symptoms of asthma, kids and adults can live well. ..;..^

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