Madison Journalist Remembers Late NY Times Reporter With UW Link

A local journalist is reflecting on the career of a New York Times reporter and University of Wisconsin graduate who died Thursday.

Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and longtime Middle East correspondent, suffered an apparent asthma attack while on assignment in Syria.

Shadid worked as an intern for Bill Lueders at the Isthmus, and the two remained friends.

“Everybody who knew Anthony Shadid knew he was a star, and he (would) go far in this business. I don’t think it’s going too far to say that Anthony Shadid was one of the best journalists in the world,” Lueders said.

Shadid also worked for the Daily Cardinal, the Associated Press, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. Shadid graduated from the UW in 1990. He was the ninth UW graduate to win a Pulitzer Prize.

He was shot in 2002 in the West Bank and was kidnapped last year for six days in Libya by pro-government forces.

He is survived by his wife, Nada, and two children. He was 43 years old.