Photojournalist Chris Hondros killed in Libya

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Chris Hondros, a Getty Images photojournalist, died Wednesday while chronicling the fighting in Libya. "Restrepo" director Tim Hetherington was also killed, and two others were wounded. Earlier Wednesday, there were conflicting reports about whether Hondros had been killed; the Times reported that he was "clinging to life."

The confusion continued Wednesday afternoon, with the News & Observer reporting that Getty notified Hondros' family that he had died. Later the paper added a sentence stating that Getty was uncertain of Hondros' fate. The Times attributed its information to a colleague of Hondros' at the triage center.

Paul Woolverton, a Fayetteville Observer reporter and friend, told the N&O about Hondros' pursuit of conflict photography, "When it came to photography, he gave it everything. ... You can tell with some people, who are really go-getters, that they are going to go far."

Earlier: ‘Restrepo’ director Tim Hetherington killed in Libya || Lessons from CJR: "Everybody wants to be first—especially in this super fast day and age—but basic principles must hold." || Related: NPR's Andy Carvin posts hospital video of photojournalists, explains reasoning. || Final images: Captured by Hondros in Libya. ||  Hondros on chronicling war: "There can be horrible images, but war is horrible and we need to understand that. ... I think if we are going to start a war, we ought to be willing to show the consequences of that war."

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    Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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