ADC Extends Condolences to Family of Anthony Shadid

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | February 16, 2012 -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) expresses deepest condolences to the family of Anthony Shadid. The Pultzier Prize winning journalist died in Syria where he had been reporting for a week. According to the NY Times, Shadid died of an asthma attack at the age of 43. Shadid, an American of Lebanese descent, leaves behind his wife, Nada Bakri, and two children.

"We deeply regret the loss of Anthony Shadid who was one of our most valuable community members, a former intern, and the namesake of our current internship program," said Warren David, ADC President, "his work and expertise as an Arab American journalist will be sadly missed."

Shadid was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times. Until December 2009, he served as the Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post. Over a 15-year career, he has reported from most countries in the Middle East.

Shadid won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2004 for his coverage of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the occupation that followed. He won the Pulitzer Prize again in 2010 for his coverage of Iraq as the United States began its withdrawal. In 2007, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Lebanon. He has also received the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ award for deadline writing (2004), the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad (2004) and the George Polk Award for foreign reporting (2003).

Shadid is the author of two books, Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam, published by Westview Press in December 2000. His second book, Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War, was published in September 2005 by Henry Holt. His third book, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East, will be published in spring 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.