Many young journalists enter the industry with dreams of reporting from far-flung, dangerous locations where their work will make a difference.
Not many ever follow it through.
Among the thousands of writers who have graced the pages of the Daily Herald over the last century -- some of whom have gone on to make significant impacts -- Kathy Gannon is suddenly the one we’re talking about.
She was wounded on Friday when an Afghan police officer opened fire on her and Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer.
Niedringhaus died; Gannon underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
The 60-year-old journalist spent time at the Daily Herald in the 1970s, honing her craft under the guidance of Oren Robison and Wayne Roznowski.
You can read some of Robison’s emotional thoughts about his former co-worker in today’s Daily Herald.
Gannon has covered Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Associated Press since the mid-1980s.
Her impressive career includes time as an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a book written about Afghanistan.
None of the current newsoom worked with Kathleen but she has been in our thoughts all day.
She has achieved wonderful things since her time up here on the second floor. We’re all hoping that there remains plenty more to be written in her future.
Prince Albert Daily Herald