NPR Photojournalist Killed in Afghanistan

David Gilkey

David Gilkey (Courtesy The Associated Press)

By Patty Rhule

David Gilkey, an award-winning photographer who covered war and conflict all over the world, was killed alongside his Afghan translator while reporting near Marjah, Afghanistan, on June 5, 2016.

Gilkey, 50, and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna, 38, were traveling with an Afghan army convoy when Taliban forces ambushed their vehicle.

Gilkey had covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as conflicts in Gaza and Rwanda, famine in Somalia, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the Ebola crisis.

In 2011, he was named Still Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association, and his work on an NPR investigative series about care for wounded soldiers won the 2010 George Polk Award.

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