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Memorial service to honor journalist Anthony Shadid, an Oklahoma City native

The public, friends, family and colleagues will pay tribute to Oklahoma City native Anthony Shadid on March 3 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: February 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm •  Published: February 21, 2012

A public memorial service is planned to honor Anthony Shadid, the New York Times foreign correspondent who died Thursday of an apparent asthma attack in Syria.

The service will be at 2 p.m. March 3 at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave.

Shadid often put his life in danger covering conflicts in the Middle East. The Oklahoma City native won two Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other journalism awards for his work.

“He took the values he learned in our community — a sympathetic eye, a sense of right and wrong, and the bravery to point out the difference — and applied them to his craft,” Mayor Mick Cornett said in a news release Tuesday.

Shadid's father, Buddy Shadid, said Thursday his son was walking with New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks across the Syrian-Turkey border at the time the asthma attack occurred.

Buddy Shadid said his son had asthma medication with him but was overcome. Hicks attempted to resuscitate him but couldn't, he said.

Hicks and Shadid were among four New York Times journalists reported missing March 16 in Libya while covering the conflict between the government and rebel forces.

They were released to Turkish diplomats by the Libyan government six days later.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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