5 Years Ago: First U.S. Journalist, Michael Kelly, Killed in Iraq

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By: E&P Staff

Michael Kelly, a Washington Post columnist and Atlantic Monthly editor at large, was killed in a Humvee accident in Iraq, according to an article in Post five years ago today.

He was the first American journalist to lose his life in the Iraq war, and the first “embedded” reporter to be killed.

Kelly was traveling with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division when the accident occurred.

An Australian and two British journalists had also been killed during the conflict, and several others were missing.

Since then, of course, several American journalists or Iraqi staffers for U.S. news outlets, and more than 100 others, have been slain in Iraq.
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E&P Editor Greg Mitchell’s new book, “So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits — and the President — Failed on Iraq,” reviews five years of war coverage.

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