Margaret Moth, an intrepid CNN photojournalist survived some of the harshest warzones on earth only to lose a three-year battle with cancer over the weekend.

A sniper shot her in the face in Sarajevo in 1992. After multiple reconstructive surgeries, she returned to the battlefield. Her fearlessness, as told by her friends and colleagues, in this CNN.com report:

When other photojournalists dived behind cars as militiamen opened fire on protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, she stood her ground and kept her camera running. As a band of medical professionals defied Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, marching into then-Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s compound in the West Bank, she got in the middle of the group, joined them and helped nab an exclusive interview.

Born in New Zealand, Moth came to the U.S. in 1983 and worked for KHOU in Houston. She moved to CNN in 1990. Moth died early Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota. She was 59.

“Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I’d have gone out with a bit more flair,” she said last spring during an interview with a CNN documentary crew. “The important thing is to know that you’ve lived your life to the fullest.”

A note from CNN International’s SVP of newsgathering, Parisa Khosravi, after the jump: “Heaven is even more fun, now that Margaret has arrived.” Also, thoughts from her colleague, Christiane Amanpour
Margaret Moth, an intrepid CNN photojournalist survived some of the harshest warzones on earth only to lose a three-year battle with cancer over the weekend.

A sniper shot her in the face in Sarajevo in 1992. After multiple reconstructive surgeries, she returned to the battlefield. Her fearlessness, as told by her friends and colleagues, in this CNN.com report:

When other photojournalists dived behind cars as militiamen opened fire on protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, she stood her ground and kept her camera running. As a band of medical professionals defied Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, marching into then-Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s compound in the West Bank, she got in the middle of the group, joined them and helped nab an exclusive interview.

Born in New Zealand, Moth came to the U.S. in 1983 and worked for KHOU in Houston. She moved to CNN in 1990. Moth died early Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota. She was 59.

“Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I’d have gone out with a bit more flair,” she said last spring during an interview with a CNN documentary crew. “The important thing is to know that you’ve lived your life to the fullest.”

A note from CNN International’s SVP of newsgathering, Parisa Khosravi, after the jump: “Heaven is even more fun, now that Margaret has arrived.” Also, thoughts from her colleague, Christiane Amanpour

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