Anthony Shadid

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 who won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting twice, in 2004 and 2010.[1][2]

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Shadid at the National Press Club in 2007
Anthony Shadid

September 26, 1968
DiedFebruary 16, 2012 (aged 43)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (1990)
EmployerThe New York Times
Known forPulitzer Prize winner
Nada Bakri (m. 2009–2012)
AwardsPulitzer Prize for International Reporting, in 2004 and 2010


Anthony Shadid was born on September 26, 1968, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, of Lebanese Christian descent. In 1990, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[3][4] where he wrote for The Daily Cardinal student newspaper.[5]


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. He previously 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.[6][7]

In 2002, he was shot in the shoulder by an Israel sniper in Ramallah[8] while reporting for the Boston Globe in the West Bank. The bullet also grazed his spine.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12] The Libyan government released the four journalists on March 21, 2011.[13]

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Journalist Anthony Shadid in a talk at Harvard Law School

Personal life and death

Shadid married Nada Bakri, also a reporter for The New York Times; they had a son, Malik. Shadid had a daughter, Laila, from his first marriage.[14]

Michael Shadid was his great uncle.

Shadid died at age 43 on February 16, 2012, from an acute asthma attack while attempting to leave Syria.[15][16] Shadid's smoking and extreme allergy to horses are believed to be the major contributing factors in causing his fatal asthma attack.[16][17] "He was walking behind some horses," said his father. "He's more allergic to those than anything else—and he had an asthma attack."[17] His body was carried to Turkey by Tyler Hicks, a photographer for The New York Times.[2][18]

Shadid's cousin, Dr. Edward Shadid of Oklahoma City, challenged the Times' version of the death, and instead blamed the publication for forcing him into Syria.[2][19]



Shadid's experiences in Iraq formed 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.

  • Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam (Westview Press, 2002)
  • Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005)[24]
    • Dove la notte non finisce (Piemme, 2006)
  • House of Stone (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)


  1. ^ Shadid, Anthony (January 11, 2010). "Allah – the Word". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c "Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43" by Margalit Fox. The New York Times, February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Anthony Shadid: Biography from the Pulitzer Prize website
  4. ^ Forster, Stacy (12 April 2010). "UW-Madison graduate Anthony Shadid wins Pulitzer Prize". University of Wisconsin–Madison News.
  5. ^ Bauter, Alison (April 9, 2012). "Remembering Anthony Shadid, 1968-2012". The Daily Cardinal. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  6. ^ The Washington Post staff page Archived August 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Anthony Shadid". The Daily Telegraph. London. February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ 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.'
  9. ^ Myre, Greg (March 31, 2002). "Reporter wounded by gunshot: Israel asks journalists to leave Ramallah". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "Anthony Shadid: Questions a Reporter Asks Himself (see 41:50 for Anthony Shadid quote)". Radio Open Source. April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Former Globe reporter missing in Libya". Boston Globe. March 16, 2011. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  12. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (March 18, 2011). "Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  13. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (March 21, 2011). "Freed Times Journalists Give Account of Captivity". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  14. ^ "Family in Seattle recalls foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid's empathy" Archived January 29, 2013, at The Sacramento Bee, February 19, 2012.
  15. ^ a b The Pulitzer Prize Archived September 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ a b The Atlantic, The Things That Anthony Shadid Taught Me February 17, 2012 Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Veteran New York Times reporter dies from asthma attack as he tried to escape Syria on horseback". Daily Mail. London. February 17, 2012.
  18. ^ "Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43" by Rick Gladstone. The New York Times, February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  19. ^ Weir, Alison (June 29, 2012). "Did The New York Times Lead Anthony Shadid to His Death?". Counterpunch. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Honorary Doctorates: Anthony Shadid". American University of Beirut. 2011. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  21. ^ "Polk Awards will honor Anthony Shadid". BusinessWeek. February 17, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  22. ^ "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  23. ^ John Williams (January 14, 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  24. ^ Caryl, Christian (11 January 2007). "What About the Iraqis?". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

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2004 Pulitzer Prize

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Baghdad College

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House of Stone

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East is a 2012 book by Anthony Shadid, former New York Times journalist.


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Isthmus takes its name from the land mass that forms the heart of Madison’s downtown and houses the twin engines of the city’s economy, the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol. The paper was founded by Vincent P. O'Hern and Fred Milverstedt, the latter a Madison area journalist and the former a Madison transplant originally from Detroit. It was O'Hern and Milverstedt who came up with the paper's somewhat ominous original motto, "To the Death," a mantra that, according to O'Hern, "expressed our determination to succeed," though he noted that "no life has been lost in [the paper's] production." Milverstedt served as original editor of Isthmus until leaving the paper in 1980. O'Hern would remain as the paper's publisher, and write a weekly "Making the Paper" column; his wife, Linda Baldwin, also served as associate publisher.

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Shadid (‘Ad's son), a son of ‘Ad in Arabian belief

Anthony Shadid (1968–2012), Lebanese-American journalist

George Shadid (1929-2018), American politician

James E. Shadid (born 1957), American judge

Michael Shadid (1882–1966), Lebanese physician


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