Anthony Shadid reported dead in Syria 

Times photographer Tyler Hicks reportedly carried Shadid’s body back into Turkey from Syria, where they had been gathering information for a week. The pair had not disclosed their assignment to the Syrian government, which maintains strict control on the activity of journalists within their borders. Hicks reportedly performed CPR for half an hour in an attempt to save Shadid’s life.

The author of three books and countless works of journalism for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press, Shadid won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2004 and 2010, both times for his reportage from Iraq.

Shadid graduated from Heritage Hall High School and attended the University of Oklahoma for a period of time, but he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.

Shadid was no stranger to hazardous working conditions. He was shot while reporting in the West Bank in 2002 and kidnapped with Hicks and two other Times journalists last spring in Libya, which Oklahoma Gazette subsequently reported on last March.

“The University of Oklahoma family is deeply saddened by the death of
Anthony Shadid, one of our most outstanding former students,” said OU
President David L. Boren. “He was scheduled to receive an Honorary
Degree at the OU Commencement
Ceremony in May.  He knew of our intent and planned to be with us at
the Commencement Ceremony. His death is a loss not only for Oklahoma
but for the field of journalism both nationally and internationally. As
a Pulitzer Prize winner, he helped educate people
around the globe about important issues and developments. Under these
unusual circumstances, it is our plan to present his degree
posthumously.”

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett directed city flags to be flown at half-staff today.

“In
the course of his career, Shadid did what great journalists do: He made
the connection between world events and everyday lives,” Cornett said. “Anthony Shadid was born and raised in Oklahoma City and has a large,
extended family that still calls Oklahoma City home. He took the values
he learned in our community — a sympathetic eye, a sense of right and
wrong, and the bravery to point out the difference — and applied them to
his craft. In doing so, he helped millions better understand the
world.”

Editor's note: In light of the Feb. 16 death of Anthony Shadid, Oklahoma Gazette has pulled three articles about Shadid from its archives.

May 15, 2003 — Our man in Baghdad
July 14, 2004 — Exploring ambiguity
Sept. 28, 2005 — 'A little bit unreal'

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