February 17, 2012
Anthony Shadid (Julia Ewan/Courtesy The Washington Post)

Anthony Shadid (Julia Ewan/Courtesy The Washington Post)

Remembering Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid, who twice was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his insightful international reporting on the Middle East, died Feb. 16. He was 43.

Shadid covered the Middle East for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The New York Times; the latter nominated him and a team of colleagues for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize on their reporting of the Arab Spring. In its nomination, The Times cited Shadid as a reporter who "brought a poet's voice, a deep empathy for the ordinary person and an unmatched authority to his passionate dispatches." The awards will be announced in April.

Shadid's Lebanese-American heritage and fluency in Arabic aided him in his unencumbered ability to travel widely across the Middle East interviewing people, covering events and capturing the mood of each country. He was The Times's bureau chief in Beirut and was in Syria covering the resistance to the violent regime of President Bashar Assad when he suffered a severe asthma attack.

Shadid began his career in 1995 with the Associated Press, where he was based in Cairo. In 2002, he was shot in the shoulder while covering demonstrations on the West Bank for the Globe. In 2011 he, and other New York Times colleagues, were arrested, beaten and detained for several days in Libya.

Shadid was the author of three books on the Middle East, including "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East," which will be published next month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Shadid recently said he took risks to report on the Syrian uprising because the story "wouldn't be told otherwise."

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