Marie Colvin, war reporter, dies in Syria

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

LONDON (AP) -- Marie Colvin, who covered conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria in her quest to bring stories about the world's most troubled places to light, has died in a shelling attack in Syria.

French government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse said Wednesday that Colvin, who was in her 50s, died in an attack along with French photojournalist Remi Ochlik.

Colvin, from Oyster Bay, New York, had been a foreign correspondent for Britain's Sunday Times for two decades, reporting from the world's most dangerous places. She lost the sight in one eye in Sri Lanka in 2001 but did not let that deter her.

Colvin was known for focusing on the plight of women and children in wartime. In an interview with the BBC Tuesday, she vividly recounted the death of an infant in Syria.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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