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Journalist Anthony Shadid to be honored posthumously at luncheon

by Bryan Painter Published: May 6, 2012

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum announced the 2012 Reflections of Hope Award will be bestowed on two-time Pulitzer Prize journalist Anthony Shadid.

The award is being given for his life's work as a foreign correspondent, his understanding of the Middle East and his role in giving people affected by terrorism and violence a voice through his storytelling.

Shadid's widow, Nada Bakri, and children will accept the award on his behalf at a luncheon at noon Thursday in the Sam Noble Special Events Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Hailed as one of the best journalists of his generation, Shadid died at age 43 while on assignment in Syria.

“Anthony had the unique ability to give a voice to those we would have never known if not for his writings. He gave us an understanding of what it was like to live daily with the horror of violence in their lives and he put a human touch to each story,” Kari Watkins, executive director of the memorial, said in a news release.

She said that the Selection Committee had discussed him as an honoree the day before his death.

Shadid will be the eighth recipient of the award, which includes a $25,000 honorarium, name placement on a perpetual award inside the Memorial Museum and a crystal trophy on a base of granite salvaged from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City 17 years ago.

The Reflections of Hope Award, established in 2005, is made possible through the support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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