Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid died in Syria after an asthma attack Thursday. He was 43.
Shadid, from Oklahoma, worked for the New York Times and visited UCO (above photo) as part of the university’s relationship with the Times. But he came home often to visit family.
He spoke at the Oklahoma Memorial Museum, as well as at The Oklahoman.
I met Shadid briefly during one of his visits to UCO. In fact, I tweeted (and facebooked) his speech. He was such a genuine person. Loved giving back to students.
After his speech, he relaxed at a UCO luncheon and talked about his children and how he was happy to be able to see them.
Shadid did not die in conflict, but his father, Buddy, told The Oklahoman that he wasn’t able to get medical treatment for this asthma attack. Journalists who report outside the U.S. can face danger in other ways. Poor access to medical treatment is one.
His website, AnthonyShadid.com