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Boston Globe Reporter Killed in Iraq
Boston Globe Reporter Elizabeth Neuffer Killed in Car Accident in Iraq While on Assignment

The Associated Press


BOSTON May 9

Elizabeth Neuffer, an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, died in a car accident in Iraq while on assignment covering the aftermath of the war, the newspaper said.

Neuffer, 46, died Thursday after the car in which she was a passenger apparently struck a guardrail near the town of Samarra, about halfway between Tikrit and Baghdad. She was returning to Baghdad from Tikrit, where she was reporting on efforts to rid Iraq of the influence of the Baath Party, the Globe said in a statement Friday.

Neuffer's translator, Waleed Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami, also died in the accident, the Globe said. The driver, Saad Al-Azzayi, survived.

"All of us in the Globe's newsroom are devastated by the news of Elizabeth's death. She was brilliant and courageous," Globe editor Martin Baron said in the statement. "Wherever there was news in the world, Elizabeth wanted to go."

Neuffer was the longtime companion of Peter Canellos, the Globe's bureau chief in Washington.

Neuffer was a freelance reporter for The New York Times and Time magazine before starting work for the Globe in 1988. While there, she covered everything from federal courts to the first Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Clinton administration's efforts to reform health care. Most recently, she was the paper's United Nations correspondent and a roving foreign correspondent.

She received a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University, and a master's in political philosophy from the London School of Economics.

"Elizabeth was far more than an outstanding journalist. She wanted to make the world a better place," said Globe foreign editor James F. Smith. "She wrote with grace and conviction and empathy. She was our friend too funny, caring, always worrying about her colleagues and their safety. We will miss her terribly."

In 1997, Neuffer won the SAIS-Novartis Prize for Excellence in International Journalism for "Buried Truth," a 10-part series on war crimes in Bosnia and Rwanda. The following year, she won the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation after the judges noted she "has been menaced by gun-toting rebels, subjected to death threats, abducted by soldiers, robbed and threatened with rape."

When she won that award, Neuffer explained her philosophy about the truth: "The truth may be hazardous to those who tell it, but the truth is not dangerous, disinformation is. As I saw in Bosnia and Rwanda, it is propaganda that fans the flames of hatred."

Neuffer also wrote a book, "The Keys to My Neighbor's House," in 2001, following several people from the battlefield to the courtroom as they sought justice before the newly created ad hoc war crimes tribunals in Bosnia and Rwanda.

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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