Anne Garrels Death and Obituary, long time foreign correspondent for NPR has Died, Cause of Death

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Anne Garrels Death and Obituary, long time foreign correspondent for NPR has Died, Cause of Death

Sending our condolences to @AnneGarrels family and her @NPR family. She was an amazing reporter. Thank you for bringing us the news with your keen insight.

Garrels graduated from Harvard University’s Radcliffe School in 1972. She then held various positions at ABC for about a decade, including as Moscow bureau chief and correspondent until she was fired in 1982, and as Central America bureau chief from 1984 to 1985. Garrels is a reporter for NBC News at the U.S. State Department.

She joined NPR in 1988 and has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and the West Bank. Garrels was a 1996 Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Garrels was one of 16 Western journalists who stayed in Baghdad and reported live during the 2003 Iraq War. Shortly after returning from Iraq, she published Naked, a memoir of the invasion in Baghdad. She then returned to Iraq several times for NPR. She served as an embedded reporter for the U.S.

Marine Corps during the November 2004 attack on Fallujah. Garrels also covered the January 2005 Iraqi interim government national elections, as well as the December 2005 constitutional referendum and elections for the Iraqi government’s first full term. While sectarian violence engulfed much of central Iraq, Garrels continued to report from Baghdad, Najaf and Basra.

In 2007, FAIR criticized Garrels for using confessions of tortured prisoners in a story about Iraqi Shiite militias that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Garrels later defended her story in NPR’s letter, saying, “I certainly have my doubts. But in my opinion, the details provided are mixed up with other things I’ve heard from people who have not been tortured. But I agree with Viewers are just as uncomfortable with these terms.”


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