We at Military Reporters & Editors join many others today in mourning the deaths of Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington.
Some of us knew them personally, while many others in our organization, and around the country, have seen their work. You might not have noticed their names next to the images they took, but like all war correspondents, they took extreme risks to tell the story of those they followed.
Even as they slept fitfully the night before a mission—nervous about what was to come—they still felt the call to work in the war zone.
Chris and Tim chronicled war because they believed in telling the story, and they did so honestly and well. Without them, and so many others willing to risk their lives to report the news, we would have no idea what was happening in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Cairo and Libya—and so many other war zones over the years and generations.
And while we at MRE are sad for their loss, we celebrate their courage, dedication and the work left to us to treasure. They’re the very best of our craft.