New York Times Reporter Anthony Shadid Dead in Syria

Anthony Shadid, who won Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting on the American invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2004 and 2007, died earlier today after a fatal asthma attack he suffered while reporting in Syria. The photographer who was working on him on his assignment, Tyler Hicks, carried Shadid’s body across the Syrian border into Turkey During previous assignments in the Middle East, Shadid was shot in Ramallah and held captive and abused in Libya. I don’t know what more to say than that Shadid’s bravery, and the bravery of people like him, is awe-inspiring to me. And I mourn every time the worst that can happen to someone who risks everything to bring us the truth does.