Honoring Shadid

The Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, Shadid was 43 when he died of a severe asthma attack.

Robert Ford, the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, will conduct the service, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker.

Shadid earned two Pulitzers for his coverage of the Middle East. A fluent speaker of Arabic and a renowned scholar of the region, he worked for The Boston Globe, Associated Press and The Washington Post before joining the staff of the Times.

“In the finest tradition of foreign correspondence, Shadid was never content merely to opine from afar,” said Vice President Joe Biden in a written statement. “He went where the story took him – from the fall of Saddam Hussein, to the battlefields of Southern Lebanon, to the profound transformations of the Arab Spring – often at extraordinary personal risk. Few foreign correspondents of his generation, or any other, could match his mastery of the language and cultures in the region he covered.”

Notable speakers at the memorial service will include:
• Tyler Hicks, a New York Times photographer who worked frequently with Shadid;
• Philip Bennett, former managing editor of The Washington Post;
• Susan Chira, assistant managing editor of The New York Times; and
• David Hoffman, former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post.

Several family members and friends of Shadid also will speak, including his cousin, Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid.

Anthony Shadid wrote several books. His latest, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, was released Tuesday.

Phil Bacharach

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