Photographer David Gilkey killed in Afghanistan

By James Griffiths, CNN

Published 0240 GMT (1040 HKT) June 6, 2016
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David Gilkey, an award-winning staff photographer and video editor for NPR, was killed in Afghanistan on June 5, 2016, when the convoy he was traveling with came under fire. Michael M Phillips/The Wall Street Journal
Also killed in the attack was Gilkey's colleague and translator, Zabihullah Tamanna. Monika Evstatieva/NPR
Gilkey was a 15-year veteran of covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pool/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Speaking about his work following a deployment in Haiti, Gilkey said "it's not just reporting. It's not just taking pictures. It's do those visuals, do the stories, do they change somebody's mind enough to take action?" Pool/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
"David was profoundly committed to coverage of both Afghanistan and Iraq," NPR head of news Michael Oreskes said. "He wanted to know what was happening to the people there. I think that's why he kept going back -- because he wanted to understand what was happening to the soldiers and civilians." Getty Images/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Having previously reported on the conflicts in Somalia, Rwanda, Darfur and Kosovo, Gilkey was one of the first photographers to embed with U.S. troops at the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Pool/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Gilkey worked in Iraq for the Detroit Free Press before joining NPR. "He was committed to telling human stories -- even when it meant putting his own life in harm's way," the paper's executive editor, Robert Huschka, said. Pool/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
In this photo series, Gilkey was accompanying a unit from the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry during an operation in Sadr City, Iraq. Getty Images/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images