Anne Garrels, Pioneering ABC News and NPR Journalist, Dies at 71: Cause of Death Explained

Anne Garrels, best known for her journalism and reporting work for ABC News and NPR, passed away this Wednesday. Read on to learn how Anne Garrels died, what happened to her, and what was the cause of her death.

Garrels was known as a passionate reporter not fearing to go anywhere in the world if the story needed it. She was a kind and generous being who was the only American broadcast journalist reporting from Baghdad during the United State’s bombing campaign in 2003.

How did Anne Garrels die?

Anne Garrels died on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at her home in Norfolk, Connecticut. She was 71 years old. Her family announced the tragic news of her passing. Her brother confirmed that she died of Lung Cancer.

She was an internationally renowned war correspondent and pioneering journalist. Anne Garrels was also a Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame inductee and spent the later years of her career working to lead women in broadcasting.

Anne Garrels dead: what was the cause of her death?

Garrels’ brother, John Garrels, confirmed that Anne was suffering from lung cancer and it became the cause of her unfortunate death. However, it’s unknown when Anne was diagnosed with the disease and how long was her battle with the fatal condition.

Lung Cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs and people who smoke are more prone to it. It can be further classified into small-cell and non-small-cell lung cancer. It’s unknown what type of lung cancer Anne had.

Anne Garrels was a fearless foreign correspondent & journalist

Anne Longworth Garrels was born on July 2, 1951, in Springfield, Massachusetts. She spent most of her childhood in London where her father worked. Anne received her education at St. Catherine’s School, Bramley.

She later returned to the US and enrolled at Middlebury College. However, she later transferred to Harvard University’s Radcliffe College where she studied Russian and graduated in 1972. She started her career working in 1975, working at ABC in several positions.

She remained at the ACB for around 10 years and later joined NPR in 1998. Anne started reporting on conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and West Bank. She made her name as a fearless reporter who’d go anywhere for the story.

Her work at NPR lasted for around two decades till she retired in 2010. Her most acclaimed work came during the United State’s bombing in Afghanistan when she was the only American reporter present there.

After returning from Baghdad, she published her first book “Naked in Baghdad,” which described her brave and risky adventures in Afghanistan. In 2016, she published her second book, “Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.

Everyone remembers Anne garrels as a Brave Kind Women

Anne’s colleagues and friends are remembering her as an individual who had the charm and courage to go anywhere in the world for reporting.

“She was this glamorous television reporter who came here,” said NPR’s Deborah Amos. “She didn’t dress like the rest of us in the beginning. And she’d had this long and remarkable career before she landed here … She was always braver than me, and I always understood that she was braver than me,” she added.

“She went everywhere, she was on every continent. I looked at her stories in the NPR archives, and there were 90 pages. And on all kinds of subjects, not just political, not just military but social, artistic, cultural,” said former NPR editor Ted Clark.

“Unlike a lot of reporters who just go out there and collect quotes and relay them to their editors, Annie could actually get right inside the minds and hearts of people, and that’s what made her an incredible reporter,” said NPR’s Philip Reeves.

Anne was married to J. Vinton Lawrence, a CA Paramilitary Officer. The couple tied the knot in 1986 and remained together until Lawrence’s death in 2016 from Leukemia.

Our condolences go out to her family. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.

2 thoughts on “Anne Garrels, Pioneering ABC News and NPR Journalist, Dies at 71: Cause of Death Explained”

  1. I had to look up what a “CA Paramilitary Officer” was and found it fascinating that Mr. Lawrence was a very high up and well respected…CIA Operative.

  2. Having listened to the Terry Gross – Fresh Air – NPR interview of Anne, I was amazed at her courage to bring us some of the truths of the unfortunate US – led war in Afghanistan. (All war is worse than unfortunate !) Did Anne smoke or was the lung cancer exacerbated by the smoke/toxic air in Afghanistan? What a wonderful woman she was ! Aloha from Hilo Gary

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