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Boston Globe Reporter Killed in Iraq

May 9, 2003

BOSTON (AP) _ Elizabeth Neuffer, an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, died in a car accident in Iraq while on assignment covering the aftermath of the war, the newspaper said.

Neuffer, 46, died Thursday after the car in which she was a passenger apparently struck a guardrail near the town of Samarra, about halfway between Tikrit and Baghdad. She was returning to Baghdad from Tikrit, where she was reporting on efforts to rid Iraq of the influence of the Baath Party, the Globe said in a statement Friday.

Neuffer’s translator, Waleed Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami, also died in the accident, the Globe said. The driver, Saad Al-Azami, survived.

``All of us in the Globe’s newsroom are devastated by the news of Elizabeth’s death. She was brilliant and courageous,″ Globe editor Martin Baron said in the statement. ``Wherever there was news in the world, Elizabeth wanted to go.″

Neuffer was the longtime companion of Peter Canellos, the Globe’s bureau chief in Washington.

She had worked at the Globe since 1988. Since then, she had covered everything from federal courts to the first Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Clinton administration’s efforts to reform health care. Most recently, she was the paper’s United Nations correspondent and a roving foreign correspondent.

She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University, and a master’s in political philosophy from the London School of Economics.

``Elizabeth was far more than an outstanding journalist. She wanted to make the world a better place,″ said Globe foreign editor James F. Smith. ``She wrote with grace and conviction and empathy. She was our friend too _ funny, caring, always worrying about her colleagues and their safety. We will miss her terribly.″

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