BLOG: Fox News Producer Remembers Encounters With Marie Colvin, American Journalist Killed in Syria
By FNC Senior Producer Martin Hinton
It doesn’t seem possible that I first met journalist Marie Colvin over six years ago. What is impossible to believe is that I will never meet her again. Wednesday morning I woke, got up and checked my blackberry. There it was, 5:48 am ET, an AP alert with this simple and devastating sentence, “Government identifies journalists killed in Syria: France's Remy Ochlik, American Marie Colvin.” I read it maybe half a dozen times.
I didn’t know Ochlik, but I had the pleasure of meeting Colvin in London. It was early 2004 and we interviewed her for an episode of War Stories that documented the history of war reporting. It was fascinating. She took Ollie North through her life as a Marine Corps brat on Long Island to Yale. Then we were in East Timor, Chechnya and Libya.
I remember her saying she didn't like to be called a war reporter or correspondent. She accepted that title by default. It seemed to me then, as it does now, that what fixated her, made her face danger and fear few would was an unflinching desire to document the impact war has on those who don't start it, don't fight it and can't end it.
SLIDESHOW -- War Stories Deadlines on the Battlefield: Special Tribute to Marie Colvin and War Correspondents
In the last day or so I’ve read a few articles about her and noticed many comments lamenting the attention her death has garnered. Some point out other deaths, U.S. service members, foreign journalists and civilians are just as tragic, but not covered nearly as much. It is a valid point and one, I think, Marie Colvin would agree with. Observations along these lines strike me as a great legacy for a journalist who sought to find the truth in war, perhaps the most challenging of environments a reporter can work in.
She was an amazing woman I consider myself lucky to have met her and I guess have known her. She was a warrior for the truth.
This Saturday at 3p & Sunday at 9p ET, tune in for War Stories with Oliver North: Deadlines on the Battlefield -- A Special Tribute to Marie Colvin and War Correspondents.
Watch sneak-peek videos from this weekend's show:
Colvin Discusses the Bombing of Libya in 1986:
Colvin Explains How She Lost the Sight in Her Left Eye: