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Lynsey Addario: Before She Went Missing

Lynsey Addario, a veteran war photographer who shot Newsweek's recent cover on George Clooney, is among the four Western journalists who disappeared in Libya. Listen to a moving telephone account from just before she vanished.

03.16.11 5:08 PM ET

Lynsey Addario, a veteran war photographer who shot Newsweek's recent cover on George Clooney, was among the four Western journalists who disappeared in Libya. Listen to a moving telephone account from just before she vanished.

The New York Times last week reported that four of its journalists working in Libya were missing, including Lynsey Addario, a prize-winning war photographer who has covered Afghanistan and the Middle East for more than a decade. UPDATE: All four journalists have since been released.

The American photographer, who travels nearly 300 days of the year for her work, was briefly kidnapped in 2004 while on assignment in Iraq. Participating remotely in a Daily Beast conference last week, she gave a moving telephone account of her working circumstances for a panel on Women on the Frontlines.


A discussion on the role of women and combat reporting, from Newsweek The Daily Beast's Women in the World Summit

The other photographer is Tyler Hicks, who recently described the heavy fighting in Libya in a New York Times blog post.

'We have talked with officials of the Libyan government in Tripoli, and they tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists.'

The missing writers are Anthony Shadid, the New York Times Beirut bureau chief, a veteran journalist of the Iraq War who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting, and Stephen Farrell, who was rescued by British commandos after being kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009.

The New York Times reportedly received information that Libyan government forces had taken the journalists, but in the story about the disappearance on the paper’s website, the executive editor, Bill Keller, said the paper had been unable to confirm that.

“We have talked with officials of the Libyan government in Tripoli, and they tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists,” he said. “We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed.”