Anthony Shadid of The New York Times was the consummate foreign correspondent. For years he peopled his Middle East coverage with both the news and the people who the news is visited upon; people who are rarely brought to life. He was intrepid, but always in the service of stories that made us care deeply about the region. Shadid died this week. Brooke revisits the last conversation she had with him.
Anthony Shadid, foreign correspondent for The New York Times, died Thursday - apparently of an asthma attack. He was reporting from Syria where he'd slipped over the border. I spoke with him last year just after he and three of his colleagues were released, after having been captured and abused by the forces of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. I asked him what went through his mind when he was captured.
[CLIP FROM APRIL 2011 INTERVIEW]:
When we were taken, our, our biggest concern was that we'd be forgotten. You know…we were four people, and a conflict is raging around you that involves millions. We were obviously very lucky and treated much better than we probably could have been. But I think, selfishly, when you're in that situation, you do hope that you're not going to be forgotten.
In 2002 he was shot in the West Bank. That Shadid put himself in danger goes without saying, but he did so to tell us stories about people so often in conflict we might overlook them.
[MUSIC UP AND UNDER]
You know, we don't leave the story just because, you know, people aren't interested in the story. You know, I think a lot of journalists will feel that it's almost a mission to cover these stories when no one —cares about them.
Anthony Shadid was one of the best. It's a great loss.