NBC’s Richard Engel Missing In Syria – Media Blackout Lifted
It is customary in the journalism business to allow a 24 hour media blackout when a journalist goes missing. A report out of Turkey about Richard Engel’s whereabouts surfaced all over the internet today.
As of this writing, NBC has not confirmed that the highly recognized war correspondent is officially missing but reports are surfacing that he has not been in communication and Engel has not REPORTED from inside Syria since December 11th.
Engel is apparently missing along with a Turkish journalist.
We will update this post with information when information is confirmed.
From Wikipedia about Richard Engel:
Richard Engel (born September 16, 1973) is an American television journalist and author best known as NBC News‘s chief foreign correspondent. He was assigned to that position on April 18, 2008 from being the network’s Middle East correspondent and Beirut Bureau chief. Engel was the first broadcast journalist recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his report “War Zone Diary.”
Prior to joining NBC News in May 2003, he covered the start of the 2003 war in Iraq from Baghdad for ABC News as a freelance journalist. He speaks and reads Arabic fluently and is also fluent in Italian and Spanish. Engel wrote the book A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest, published in 2004, about his experience covering the Iraq War from Baghdad. His newest book, War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq, published in June 2008, picks up where his last book left off.