NPR photographer dies in Afghanistan, more media notes

gilkey-tamanna-npr.jpgDavid Gilkey, a much-awarded photojournalist on assignment for NPR in Afghanistan, was killed when the unit he was traveling with came under attack. Gilkey was 50. NPR's Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna, 38, also died. The photo here is by Monika Evstatieva/NPR.

From NPR's story:

David was considered one of the best photojournalists in the world — honored with a raft of awards including a George Polk in 2010, an Emmy in 2007 and dozens of distinctions from the White House News Photographers Association.

It is fair to say that David witnessed some of humanity's most challenging moments: He covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He covered the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He covered the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa. He covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti, famine in Somalia and most recently the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

His images were haunting — amid the rubble, he found beauty; amid war, he found humanity.

And noted: CBS LA managing editor Pete Wilgoren writes about finding out Friday that he was out of a job. From his post at his blog Dadmissions:

I’ve gone through a lot of emotions in the past couple of days: shock, anger, sadness. You see, when I went to work Friday, I didn’t know it would be my last day at work after 16 years with the company. But it was. And it’s over. And it’s just a part of the changing business I chose. Nothing is forever.

Media notes

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