2012-03-21 / Features

Colvin Was War Correspondent, Astoria Native

By Jason D. Antos

On February 22, war correspondent and Astoria native, Marie Colvin was killed in Homs, Syria in the line of duty.

She was 56 years old.

Colvin, an award-winning journalist, worked for the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death.

She grew up in Oyster Bay and gradated from Yale with a degree in Anthropology.

Colvin began her 30 year career working the graveyard shift as a police reporter for United Press International (UPI) before becoming the organization’s Paris bureau chief. Two years later, Colvin was at the Times working as the paper’s Middle East correspondent. During her career Colvin interviewed many notable international figures including Muammar Gaddafi. Colvin covered conflicts in Chechnya, Kosova, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and East Timor where she was credited with saving the lives of 1,500 women and children from a compound that was besieged by Indonesian-backed forces.

Colvin lost the sight in her left eye from an explosion due to a Sri Lankan Army rocket-propelled grenade on April 16, 2001.

Her last broadcast appeared on CNN the night before she and French photographer Remi Ochlik, were killed.

Colvin resided in Hammersmith, West London and had no children. Colvin was buried on March 12 in East Norwich, Long Island where she grew up.

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