List of journalists killed on duty in US, Canada since 1976

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 4:17 PM
List of journalists killed on duty in US, Canada since 1976

A Virginia reporter and cameraman were fatally shot Wednesday during a live broadcast. Although journalists covering international conflicts often face significant risks, it's relatively rare for journalists working in the U.S. to be targeted. However, at least 15 other journalists working in the U.S. or Canada have been slain over the past four decades while doing their jobs:

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Chauncey Bailey, editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post in Oakland, Calif.; fatally shot on a downtown street on Aug. 2, 2007, while on his way to work; the shooter was a handyman and occasional cook at Your Black Muslim Bakery who had said he was angered by Bailey's coverage of the bakery and its staff.

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William Biggart, freelance news photographer, was killed after rushing to the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His body was found in the rubble of ground zero.

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Robert Stevens, a photo editor for The Sun in Boca Raton, Florida, died on Oct. 5, 2001, when a letter containing deadly anthrax spores was opened at the then-headquarters in Boca Raton of American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, Sun and Globe tabloids.

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Tara Singh Hayer, 62, publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times in Surrey, British Columbia; had frequently denounced Sikh fundamentalists; shot Nov. 18, 1998, in the garage of his home in Surrey.

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Dona St. Plite, 41, Haitian-born radio host who had supported Haiti's president, the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide,after a 1991 coup; shot October 24, 1993, as he was leaving a Miami fundraising event for the family of another slain radio host.

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Manuel de Dios Unanue, 48, Cuban-born journalist; former editor of El-Diario-La Prensa in New York City; wrote exposes of Colombian drug lords; shot March 11, 1992, in a Queens, New York, restaurant.

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Fritz Dor, 33, Haitian-born radio host and supporter of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; shot March 15, 1991, as he left his Miami office. Jean-Claude Olivier, 47, Haitian-born radio host and Aristide supporter; shot February 18, 1991, as he walked to his car from a Miami nightclub.

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Triet Le, 61, columnist for Van Nghe Tien Phong, a Vietnamese-language magazine in Arlington, Virginia; shot with his wife, Tuet Thi Dangtran, on Sept. 22, 1990, in front of their home in Baileys Crossroads, Virginia.

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Nhan Trong Do, 56, layout editor for Van Nghe Tien Phong; found shot in his car outside his Seven Corners, Virginia, home on Nov. 22, 1989.

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Tap Van Pham, 48, publisher of Mai, a Vietnamese-language entertainment magazine in Garden Grove, California; had received threats from anti-Communist groups; died Aug. 9, 1987, when an arsonist set fire to the building housing his home and office.

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Henry Liu, 52, Chinese journalist; wrote a critical biography of Taiwan President Chiang Ching-kuo; shot October 15, 1984, as he sat in a car in the garage of his home in Daly City, California.

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Alan Berg, 50, Denver talk-show host; shot outside his downtown condominium on Aug. 24, 1982, by two members of a white supremacist group, The Order.

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Nguyen Dam Phong, 48, founder of Tu Do, a Vietnamese-language newspaper in Houston; published articles accusing Vietnamese anti-Communist groups of being fronts for organized crime; shot to death Aug. 24, 1982, outside his home.

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Lam Trong Duong, 25, editor of Cai Dinh Lang, a Vietnamese- language community newsletter in San Francisco; maintained an editorial viewpoint sympathetic to Hanoi; shot to death July 21, 1981, on a street in the Tenderloin district.

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Don Bolles, 47, investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic; fatally wounded on June 2, 1976, when a bomb exploded in his car outside a Phoenix hotel.

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Sources: American Journalism Review and the Committee To Protect Journalists.