Anne Garrels, Long-time Foreign Journalist For NPR, dies at 71

Anne Garrels was an American journalist, best known for her work as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio. She was one of the sixteen Western journalists who remained in Baghdad and reported live during the 2003 Iraq War.

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American journalist Anne Garrels passed away at 71

Anne Garrels, a long-time foreign journalist for NPR, died on Wednesday of lung cancer. She was 71 years old. At NPR, Garrels was renowned as a passionate reporter eager to go anywhere in the globe at a moment’s notice if the story demanded it.

She was also a loving and generous friend to many. When she arrived at NPR in 1988, she already had a lot of experience under her belt — including 10 years in television reporting at ABC, where she was bureau chief in both Moscow and Central America.

Anne Garrels Age, Family, Early Life

Anne Garrels was born on July 2, 1951(71 years old) in Springfield, Massachusetts, the U.S. She holds an American nationality and she belongs to white ethnicity. Her Zodiac sign is Cancer.

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Anne Garrels spent part of her childhood in London, where her father worked as an executive for Monsanto.

Anne Garrels Husband, What about her Children?

In 1986, Garrels married J. Vinton Lawrence, one of two CIA paramilitary officers from the Special Activities Division stationed in Laos in the early 1960s, who worked with the Hmong tribesman and the CIA-owned airline Air America until his death in April 2016.

They were married until Lawrence’s death from leukemia in 2016.

Anne Garrels Career, What was her profession?

In 1975, she worked for ABC in numerous positions for ten years, including acting as Moscow bureau chief and correspondent until she was expelled in 1982, and as Central American bureau chief from 1984 to 1985. Garrels was the NBC News correspondent at the U.S. State Department. She joined NPR in 1988 and reported on crises in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and the West Bank.

Garrels was the Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations the Council on Foreign Relations in 1996 and was a member of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Garrels was one of the sixteen Western journalists who remained in Baghdad and covered live during the 2003 Iraq War. Shortly after her return from Iraq, she wrote Naked in Baghdad, a memoir of her time documenting the events surrounding the invasion.

She subsequently returned to Iraq numerous times for NPR. She was an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marines during the November 2004 attack on Fallujah. Garrels also covered the January 2005 Iraqi national elections for an interim administration, as well as the constitutional referendum and the December 2005 elections for the first full term Iraqi government.


As sectarian violence overtook most of central Iraq Garrels continued to report from Baghdad, Najaf, and Basra. In 2007 Garrels was attacked by FAIR for citing confessions of detainees who had been tortured during a story about an Iraqi Shiite group (broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition). Garrels later defended her story on NPR’s “Letters” program, saying: “Of course, I had misgivings.

But the details that were presented seemed to me to match with other things that I had heard from persons who had not been tortured. But I was as uncomfortable as the listeners were with the conditions.” Garrels retired from NPR in 2010. In 2016, she published her second book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

How much is Anne Garrels Net Worth?

The American journalist Anne Garrel’s estimated range of net worth or income is $1 million to $3 million.

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Which school and college did She go to?

Anne Garrels was educated at St Catherine’s School, Bramley. Garrels went to the United States and enrolled at Middlebury College, but then moved to Harvard University’s Radcliffe College, where she studied Russian and graduated in 1972.

Is She available on any kind of social media platform?

Anne Garrels is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has 487+ followers on Facebook, 43+ followers on Instagram, and 647+ followers on Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Anne Garrels’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorWhite
Eye colorBrown
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Anne Garrels’s should be knows

Zodiac signCancer
Relationship StatusMarried