Anthony Shadid, New York Times journalist, dies in Syria

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FILE - In this April 12, 2010 file photo, Anthony Shadid winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with The Washington Post, poses for a portrait at the Watson Institute for International Studies on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, R.I

Veteran New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid has died.

Shadid's reporting most recently focused on the turmoil taking place across the Middle East. He collapsed after an apparent asthma attack while reporting in Syria, The New York Times reports. He was 43.

Shadid reported from Tunisia and then from the uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Bahrain. He was captured and beaten by Moammar Gadhafi's forces, along with several of his colleagues, in Libya last March.

He told NPR's Terry Gross in an interview in December that 2011 had been one of the most unbelievable years he ever could have imagined experiencing in the Middle East region.

Reflecting on the international media's coverage of Syria, he said, "I think Syria is often covered by phone. You have to talk to activists. You have to try to read the tea leaves. You have to talk to government officials. It's remote-control reporting in a way. And I think that's deeply frustrating, after coming out of experiences in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere, where it was on-the-ground reporting."

The Times reports that Mr. Shadid had been on assignment in eastern Syria, interviewing members of the armed resistance to Syria's President Assad, when he died. His photographer, Tyler Hicks, brought his body back over the border to Turkey.

Shadid had been based in Beirut and had worked for The Washington Post and The Associated Press in the past. He won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting twice – first in 2004 and again in 2010 for his coverage of the Iraq War.

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