US journalist, interpreter killed in Afghanistan

06 Jun, 2016 9:22 am


WASHINGTON (92 News) – American journalist David Gilkey and his Afghan translator were killed while traveling with an Afghan army unit that came under fire in southern Helmand province.

The translator was identified as Zabihullah Tamanna. Two other journalists traveling with Gilkey, named as reporter Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva, were unharmed. NPR said the vehicle in which Gilkey, 50, and his translator were traveling was struck by shellfire near the town of Marjah.

David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. He was devoted to helping the public see these wars and the people caught up in them. He died pursuing that commitment.

“As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes.”

Gilkey received a 2007 national Emmy award for a video series about Michigan Marines in Iraq. The things to do were amazing and the places to see were epic. “But the people, the people are what made it all worth the effort.”

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