Video + Transcript: Michael Oreskes' Newseum Journalist Memorial Rededication Keynote

Read the full transcript of keynote remarks by NPR's Michael Oreskes during the 2017 Journalist Memorial Rededication at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
NPR photo journalist David Gilkey and NPR Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna. Source: Monika Evstatieva

We are here this morning to remember those we've lost, to honor their commitment and to rededicate ourselves to the principals they believed in and died for.

It was one year ago today that we in public radio lost two fine colleagues—NPR's chief photographer, David Gilkey, and our Afghan interpreter and fellow journalist, Zabihullah Tamanna. They died on a road in Helmand province.

They were there doing the most fundamental thing any journalist can do. They were there to find for themselves the facts of America's longest war as the Afghan army took over the fighting.

David is sometimes described as one of his generations finest war photographers. But that's not quite right. He didn't photograph war.

He photographed the men and women, soldiers and civilians caught in these wars. Go look at his photos when you have a chance later.

It wasn't battles he was capturing. It was people. Streaked with sweat, etched with exhaustion, or fear

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readScience
Mass Protests In Australia Kick Off Global Climate Strike Ahead Of U.N. Summit
The rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and elsewhere drew tens of thousands of people. Similar protests were expected across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and elsewhere.
NPR3 min readScience
Global Youth Climate Strike Expected To Draw Large Crowds
Strike organizers are calling on their fellow young people to skip school Friday and rally to demand greater action against climate change.
NPR5 min read
Speaker Bercow: Britain Could Leave Without A Deal, But Not Without 'Explicit' Endorsement From Parl
The House of Commons will “explicitly and emphatically and unmistakably” lead the terms of Brexit, John Bercow says.