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A farewell to a fallen reporter

The Calgary Herald salutes Michelle Lang, its reporter killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. Please take a moment to read these few sentences: There is a huge hole in our hearts as we remember a bright face, a true friend and a fearless talent who won Canada’s highest award in journalism last year, a National ...

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The Calgary Herald salutes Michelle Lang, its reporter killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. Please take a moment to read these few sentences:

The Calgary Herald salutes Michelle Lang, its reporter killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. Please take a moment to read these few sentences:

There is a huge hole in our hearts as we remember a bright face, a true friend and a fearless talent who won Canada’s highest award in journalism last year, a National Newspaper Award for her outstanding coverage of health care. She worked hard under enormous pressure and did it with determination, dedication and civility. Michelle was nicer than nice and she will not be forgotten, ever, in what is a painfully quiet newsroom on this most difficult of New Year’s Eves. 

This too is the price of war.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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