Marie Colvin, War Reporter, Dies in Syria

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times. (Getty)

Relatives of a foreign correspondent from Long Island killed while covering the Syrian uprising are remembering Marie Colvin's tenacious spirit and dedication to her craft.

"I was very proud of her, and I knew it was the thing that she wanted to do most in her life and she was absolutely the best at it," Colvin's mother, Rosemarie, who lives in Oyster Bay, Long Island, told WNYC, "and I knew how committed she was to bring a truth about important issues to the world."

Colvin, from Oyster Bay, New York, had been a foreign correspondent for Britain's Sunday Times for two decades, reporting from the world's most dangerous places. She covered conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria in her quest to bring stories about the world's most troubled places to light. Even losing sight in one eye in Sri Lanka in 2001 did not deter her.

French government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse said Wednesday that Colvin, 56, died in an attack along with French photojournalist Remi Ochlik, 28.

Despite the inherent dangers in the job, Colvin's mother, Rosemarie, said she never tried to talk her daughter out of her chosen career.

"It was not something I could tell her not to do," shes said. "It never came up. It was just a worthless thing. It was what she did and what she was so committed and passionate about it. And it was important, it was important what she did."

Colvin's brother William, a retired NYPD detective, said his big sister was always getting herself into jams covering wars around the globe, but she always managed to get herself out of trouble.

Colvin was known for focusing on the plight of women and children in wartime. In an interview with the BBC Tuesday, she vividly recounted the death of an infant in Syria.

Middle East editor for the UK Guardian, Ian Black, told WNYC's The Takeaway on Wednesday that he's known Colvin for more than 20 years.

"It is sad, but the sadness is tinged by a sense of she was doing what she was very good at, better than probably anybody else," he said.

Marie Colvin is survived by her mother, four siblings and 10 nieces and nephews. She graduated from Oyster Bay High School before going to Yale and studying anthropology. She was fluent in five languages and won three British press awards.


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Comments [2]

Jeff Ginsberg

I worked with Marie Colvin's brother Bill in the Brooklyn South Warrant Squad of the NYPD. Bill, I send my condolences to you and your family. May your sister rest in peace.

Mar. 12 2012 08:38 AM
Tricia from NYC

Any other WNYC listeners notice the annoying phrase "At the end of the day..." has been usurped by the even more annoying kindergarten teacher-laud of
"That's a Good Question!!!" as a reply to professional interviewers? Sometimes the interviewee will say it twice and even mix it up a little with "That's a good point!"

Feb. 22 2012 12:45 PM

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