Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid

Shadid at the National Press Club in 2007
Born Anthony Shadid
(1968-09-26)September 26, 1968
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died February 16, 2012(2012-02-16) (aged 43)
Damascus, Syria
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990)
Occupation Journalist
Employer The New York Times
Known for Pulitzer Prize winner
Spouse(s) Nada Bakri (m. 2009–12)
Children 2
Awards Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, in 2004 and 2010

Anthony Shadid (Arabic: أنتوني شديد; September 26, 1968 – February 16, 2012) was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Baghdad and Beirut.[1][2] He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting twice, in 2004 and 2010.


From 2003 to 2009 Shadid was a staff writer for The Washington Post where he was an Islamic affairs correspondent based in the Middle East. Before The Washington Post, Shadid worked as Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press based in Cairo and as news editor of the AP bureau in Los Angeles. He spent two years covering diplomacy and the State Department for The Boston Globe before joining the Post's foreign desk.[3][4]

In 2002, he was shot in the shoulder by an Israel sniper in Ramallah[5] while reporting for the Boston Globe in the West Bank. The bullet also grazed his spine.[6][7]

On March 16, 2011, Shadid and three colleagues were reported missing in Eastern Libya, having gone there to report on the uprising against the dictatorship of Col. Muammar Al-Ghaddafi.[8] On March 18, 2011, The New York Times reported that Libya agreed to free him and three colleagues: Stephen Farrell, Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks.[9] The Libyan government released the four journalists on March 21, 2011.[10]

Journalist Anthony Shadid in a talk at Harvard Law School


Shadid twice won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, in 2004 and 2010, for his coverage of the Iraq War.[11] His experiences in Iraq were the subject for his 2005 book Night Draws Near, an empathetic look at how the war has impacted the Iraqi people beyond liberation and insurgency. Night Draws Near won the Ridenhour Book Prize for 2006. He won the 2004 Michael Kelly Award, as well as journalism prizes from the Overseas Press Club and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Shadid was a 2011 recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the American University of Beirut.[12] He won the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2003 and in 2012 for his work in 2011.[13] House of Stone was a finalist for the National Book Award (Nonfiction) and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography).[14][15]

Personal life

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, of Lebanese Christian descent, he was a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[16][17] where he wrote for The Daily Cardinal student newspaper.[18] He was married to Nada Bakri, also a reporter for the New York Times. They have a son, Malik. Shadid has a daughter, Laila, from his first marriage.[19]


Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid died on February 16, 2012, from an acute asthma attack while attempting to leave Syria.[11][20] Shadid's smoking and extreme allergy to horses are believed to be the major contributing factors in causing his fatal asthma attack.[20][21] "He was walking behind some horses," said his father. "He's more allergic to those than anything else—and he had an asthma attack."[21] His body was carried to Turkey by Tyler Hicks, a photographer for The New York Times.[2][22]

Anthony’s cousin, Dr. Edward Shadid of Oklahoma City, challenged the Times' version of the death, and instead blamed the publication for forcing Anthony into Syria.[2][23]



  1. Shadid, Anthony (January 11, 2010). "Allah – the Word". New York Times.
  2. 1 2 3 "Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43" by Margalit Fox. New York Times, February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  3. The Washington Post staff page Archived August 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Anthony Shadid". The Daily Telegraph. London. February 17, 2012.
  5. Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 p.7:'I was shot by an Israeli sniper in Ramallah.'
  6. Myre, Greg (March 31, 2002). "Reporter wounded by gunshot: Israel asks journalists to leave Ramallah". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  7. "Anthony Shadid: Questions a Reporter Asks Himself (see 41:50 for Anthony Shadid quote)". Radio Open Source. April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  8. "Former Globe reporter missing in Libya". Boston Globe. March 16, 2011. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  9. Kirkpatrick, David (March 18, 2011). "Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  10. Peters, Jeremy W. (March 21, 2011). "Freed Times Journalists Give Account of Captivity". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  11. 1 2 The Pulitzer Prize Archived September 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. "Honorary Doctorates: Anthony Shadid". American University of Beirut. 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  13. "Polk Awards will honor Anthony Shadid". BusinessWeek. February 17, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  14. "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  15. John Williams (January 14, 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  16. Anthony Shadid: Biography from the Pulitzer Prize website
  17. Forster, Stacy (12 April 2010). "UW-Madison graduate Anthony Shadid wins Pulitzer Prize". University of Wisconsin-Madison News.
  18. Bauter, Alison (April 9, 2012). "Remembering Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012". The Daily Cardinal. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  19. "Family in Seattle recalls foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid's empathy" "The Sacramento Bee", February 19, 2012.
  20. 1 2 The Atlantic, The Things That Anthony Shadid Taught Me February 17, 2012 Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  21. 1 2 "Veteran New York Times reporter dies from asthma attack as he tried to escape Syria on horseback". Daily Mail. London. February 17, 2012.
  22. "Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43" by Rick Gladstone. New York Times, February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  23. Weir, Alison (June 29, 2012). "Did the New York Times Lead Anthony Shadid to His Death?". Counterpunch. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  24. Christian Caryl, "What About the Iraqis?", The New York Review of Books, January 11, 2007, review of Night Draws Near

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