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Photo Credit: Courtesy Michelle Prosser Fineman

MARK  FINEMAN

News Organization: LOS ANGELES TIMES

Died: 2003

Location: IRAQ

War: IRAQ WAR

A Los Angeles Times correspondent for 17 years, he died of a heart attack on Sept. 23 while waiting to interview a member of the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad. His colleagues called him "a tenacious, irreverent and powerful writer who could paint beautiful word pictures." He was 51 and had won or shared a number of journalism honors, including a George Polk Award, a National Headliner Award and an Overseas Press Club Award. He had worked for newspapers in Chicago and Philadelphia before joining the Times. He covered stories in a number of countries, including India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Mexico, various Caribbean countries and the Middle East. He was married with two children.