Anthony Shadid, 1968 – 2012

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In this April 7, 2011 file photo, New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief Anthony Shadid discusses his capture by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya, during a talk at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in Oklahoma City

Colleague Bobby Ghosh remembers ace war correspondent Anthony Shadid Friday morning, shortly after the two-time Pulitzer winner died of an asthma attack while on a secret reporting assignment for the New York Times inside Syria:

I know how chefs feel about Ferran Adria, musicians about Bruce Springsteen, economists about Amartya Sen. I felt that way about Anthony Shadid: total and utter awe. In an era blessed with more than its fair share of brilliant foreign correspondents, he was the best of the breed. And his death, at just 43, leaves our profession bereft.