Kurt Schork
Kurt Schork
1947-2000


Kurt was the kind of journalist and the kind of man that one is fortunate to meet just once in an entire lifetime. For those of us who spent days, weeks or years in his company such time is a gift to be cherished for the rest of our lives.

Read messages about Kurt.




Stories About Kurt

ARTICLES:
  • Reuters -- Street Dedicated to Kurt in Sarajevo 5/21/02
  • NYT -- John Kifner: Dangerous Stories 2/24/02
  • CSM -- Afghanistan: A deadly assignment 11/20/01
  • Brill's Content -- Deadly Competition 9/01/00
  • BBC -- Kurt Schork buried in Sarajevo 8/2/00
  • TVnewsweb -- Mark Chisolm Recounts Ambush 7/21/00
  • Columbia Journalism Review -- Last Mission 7/18/00
  • IHT -- Bad News for the World's Reporters 6/9/00
  • Time Magazine -- Richard Holbrooke Eulogy 6/5/00
  • Reuters -- Kurt's Memorial in Washington 6/1/00
  • IWPR -- Mostar Journalists Salute Slain Colleagues 6/1/00
  • Newsday -- Journalists Need Combat Survival Skills 6/1/00
  • NYT -- Bringing the Wars Home 5/28/00
  • The Observer -- The Price of Telling the Awful Truth 5/28/00
  • Le Monde -- "Correspondants de Guerre" 5/28/00
  • Sullivan and Vulliamy on Kurt and War Journalism 5/28/00
  • CSM -- Reporters on the Job 5/26/00
  • The Independent -- Emma Daly on Kurt's Death 5/26/00
  • The Times (UK) -- A Man Who Seemed Immortal 5/26/00
  • BBC -- Alan Little Pays Tribute to Kurt and Miguel 5/26/00
  • BBC -- Sierra Leone ambush survivor speaks 5/25/00
  • CNN - Slain Journalists Honored by Colleagues 5/25/00
  • Washington Post - Mightier Than the Sword 5/26/00
  • Washington Post -- A War Reporter's Story 5/26/00
  • The Guardian -- Courage Under Fire 5/26/00
  • Reuters -- Reaction in Kosovo 5/26/00
  • Reuters -- Kurt Schork Killed, Reaction 5/24/00

    RADIO:
  • BBC -- Bell and O'Kane on Journalism's Risks 5/25/00 (Real)
  • NPR -- Kurt's Work and His Death 5/25/00 (Real)

    VIDEO:
  • BBC -- Alan Little Tribute to Kurt and Miguel 5/26/00 (Real)

    Stories By Kurt

  • Among Kurt's Last Stories from the Balkans
  • Sarajevo's Romeo and Juliet 1993
  • One of Kurt's Favorite Stories He Wrote In South Africa
  • Photos of Kurt

  • Photo Album One
  • Photo Album Two
  • Tributes to Kurt

    Bosnia names street after Kurt in Sarajevo. The street runs behind the T.V. building and out to the airport. We will post a photo of the street sign as soon as we get one.

    Bosnia awards Kurt and Miguel passports posthumously.

    OSCE remembers Kurt.

    Kurt's Death

    Reporter Kurt Schork and cameraman Miguel Gil Moreno de Mora were shot to death in an ambush in Sierra Leone, May 24th, 2000.

    Kurt, who worked for the Reuters News Agency, was both an unnerving rival and a moral beacon to correspondents wherever he travelled.

    Legendary for his blunt reports from the most dangerous and difficult stories, Kurt was simply the best at what he did.

    Half of Kurt's ashes were buried next to his mother, Margaret, on May 31, 2000 near Washington, D.C.. Kurt's remaining ashes were buried in Sarajevo on August 2, 2000. The grave lies next to those of two lovers, whose deaths Kurt wrote poignantly about in 1993.

    Thoughts About Kurt

    Please take the time to read the impassioned words his friends and colleagues have posted about him, or add your own story or thought about Kurt for others to remember him by.

    Preserving Kurt's Legacy

    The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) has been established under the auspices of Columbia University. The fund will award two reporters each year -- one award will go to a freelance foreign correspondent, while the second will be for a reporter in a developing country covering a controversial issue for the local press. Learn more at www.ksmfund.org. There is also information about the Kurt Schork Awards on the Columbia School of Journalism Web site.

    The fund is building a $2 million endowment to ensure that the awards and scholarships that bear Kurt's name will be around for many years to come. If you would like to contribute see the KSMF Web site or e-mail Lisa Stone, Kurt's sister, or Sabina Cosic, Kurt's girlfriend.

    A Little Music

    During the darkest days of the siege of Sarajevo, Kurt would often play Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms on a small portable CD player. To the friends who were there with Kurt in 1992 and 1993, it is a kind of anthem. Download the song (4.5MB) and listen for yourself or read the lyrics.



    If you have Kurt Schork links or stories that can be added to this page, or if you have any other issues, email Joel Brand .