Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012

Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent died on Thursday at age 43 of an asthma attack in Syria. Following are a few words from a fellow journalist who knew him.

"He was the very best that our profession produces. He was somebody who had a genuine inner passion for the story. He had an understanding of Arab culture; he spoke Arabic beautifully. I can remember we lived together in the same house for a time in Baghdad, and his interest in people...he loved to go to a coffee shop and just sit and talk to people and listen to what they were thinking and seeing the changes in their lives...He was a rare man who just breathed the story in whole and was able to share it with readers. It's a terrible loss for our profession, and it's a reminder of why great journalists like Anthony Shadid make the world better in an important way." -David Ignatius, Washington Post

Please join me in prayer for Anthony's family and friends. And for all those who daily risk much to keep us informed.

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