Injured reporter’s former colleague hopes for best

Jason Kerr
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A colleague of former Prince Albert Daily Herald reporter Kathy Gannon says it was always one of his biggest worries that something like this would happen.

Gannon was shot on Friday in Afghanistan while reporting for the Associated Press on the upcoming Afghan elections.

“I haven’t been able to make myself look at the video reports online or anything,” former Daily Herald managing editor Oren Robison says.  “It was my worst fear for her, that she would someday come to harm over there.”

Gannon worked for the Daily Herald in the ’70s, but Robison actually met her earlier, while working in Sarnia, Ont.  He says she was a reserved but determined reporter who always wanted to work overseas.

“She had ambitions to get on the international scene and I was very happy for her when it happened,” he says.  “I’ve always been concerned about her well-being because of where she ended up in her international career.”

Robison says he found out about the incident in an email on Friday morning.  He says that neither he nor any other former colleagues have sent any messages yet, but they plan to in the coming days.

“I just pray that everything comes out right and she recovers completely and quickly, and of course we all feel terrible,” he says.

Gannon is an AP correspondent who served as the organization’s Afghanistan bureau chief for several years.  She currently works as a special correspondent in the region.

She was shot twice during the attack, and later underwent surgery.  Reports say she is talking to medical personal and is in stable condition.

Gannon has spent more than 20 years reporting from the Middle East.  In addition to her reporting she has authored one book; I is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror: 18 Years Inside Afghanistan.

Robison may not work for the Herald, but he isn’t out of the media business.  He currently runs The Nipawin Bridge magazine, and he says, unfortunately, tragedies like this are one of the risks foreign reporters have to take.

“It’s not supposed to happen to our people, journalists, but it does, unfortunately.”

With files from the Associated Press.

Organizations: Associated Press, Daily Herald, Afghanistan bureau The Nipawin Bridge magazine

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Sarnia, Middle East

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