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CNN Photojournalist Dies. Sarmad Qaseera Captured Indelible Images From Iraq War

Sarmad Qaseera, a CNN photojournalist first in Iraq and for the last 8 years in the U.S, died suddenly Monday. Qaseera was behind the camera of some of the most memorable images on CNN in the last 10 years, especially during the war in Iraq. In 2006, following death threats in his own country, Qaseera fled to the U.S. working out of Atlanta, but still traveling the globe for CNN. Last year, Qaseera and correspondent Arwa Damon received the Investigative Reporters and Editors medal for their coverage of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Qaseera was just 42. Hala Gorani has more on Qaseera’s accomplishments:

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CNN, PBS, Univision Win IRE Awards

CNN, PBS and Univision represent TV news on the list of the 2012 Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards.

CNN international correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Sarmad Qaseera won the IRE Medal for their coverage of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, who the judges said “provided additional valuable context about the milieu in which the consulate attack occurred.” The report was also honored in IRE’s Investigations Triggered by Breaking News category.

Univision’s newsmagazine, “Aquí y Ahora,” won in the broadcast video division for “Rápido y Furioso,” its investigation of the Fast and the Furious program. “Rápido y Furioso” also won a 2012 Peabody Award.

CNN Digital and PBS won in the multiplatform news category. CNN digital reporters John D. Sutter and Edythe McNamee were honored for their travels to Africa to report “Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stronghold.” PBS won for “Big Sky, Big Money,” an investigation of campaign finance that was done in partnership with ProPublica.

>Update: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s note to staff is after the jump. Read more

CNN Staffers Reflect on Covering Iraq

CNN is asking six of its staffers to reflect on covering the wars in Iraq. Both the 1991 Gulf War and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” of the aughts are represented.

Correspondent Arwa Damon, former CNN President Tom Johnson, Producer Yousuf Basil, Producer Ingrid Formanek, Reporter Nic Robertson, and Cameraman Sarmad Qaseera are the staffers that reflect on their time covering the country.

You can see what they have to say in “Wars in Iraq: What I Remember” here.