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Photojournalist Hondros Killed

The New York Times is reporting that acclaimed war photographer Chris Hondros, a 1993 graduate of NC State, has been killed in Libya.

Hondros was among a group of photojournalists hit by mortar fire on a street in Misrata, according to Agence France-Presse. Oscar-nominated documentary film producer Tim Hetherington also died in the attack.

Chris Hondros, a former Agromeck photographer, met with students last spring. Photo by Tim O'Brien.

As a senior correspondent for Getty Images, Hondros has covered conflicts in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq and Liberia. He was named American Photo magazine’s 2007 “Hero of Photography” and was a finalist for a 2008 National Magazine Award.

Hondros’ images have received dozens of awards, including honors from World Press Photo, the National Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L’Image in France and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America.

The Chicago Tribune called Hondros, “one of the foremost visual storytellers of our time.” His photographs have appeared on the cover of Newsweek and the Economist and in the pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Denver Post and U.S. News & World Report.

Read a 2006 story in Smithsonian Magazine that takes you behind the scenes of his coverage of the civil war in Liberia, which made him a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in spot news photography. He discussed his work with NPR in 2007. The New York Times posted a gallery of his most recent work on its website.