Veteran Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while she was sitting in a car in eastern Afghanistan. An AP reporter who was sitting with her was also wounded.
Niedringhaus, part of an AP team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the war in Iraq in 2005, died instantly, and was remembered by AP President Gary Pruitt as "spirited, intrepid and fearless, with a raucous laugh that we will always remember."
"Anja is the 32nd AP staffer to give their life in pursuit of the news since AP was founded in 1846," Pruitt wrote in a memo to staff. "This is a profession of the brave and the passionate, those committed to the mission of bringing to the world information that is fair, accurate and important. Anja Niedringhaus met that definition in every way."