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‘Restrepo’ director Tim Hetherington killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, the co-director of Oscar-nominated war documentary “Restrepo,” was killed in the Libyan town of Misrata today.

Reuters reports, Hetherinton was among a group of photographers caught by mortar fire on the main street leading into the center of rebel-held town in western Libya which has been bombarded by Gaddafi’s forces for weeks.

Interestingly Hetherington had sent a Tweet just yesterday — he hadn’t sent one since attending the Oscars in February — about the shelling in Misrata.

In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.

Hetherington, co-directed “Restrepo,” a 2010 documentary about the Afghan war, with Sebastian Junger.

During his career, Hetherington had also done work for ABC News’ “Nightline.”

“Tim was one of the bravest photographers and filmmakers I have ever met,” said former “Nightline” now “GMA” EP James Goldston. “During his shooting for the Nightline specials he very seriously broke his leg on a night march out of a very isolated forward operating base that was under attack. He had the strength and character to walk for four hours through the night on his shattered ankle without complaint and under fire, enabling that whole team to reach safety.”

Hetherington appeared on CNN’s AC360 last August to discuss the war-crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who, in an odd twist, had been trained as a guerrilla fighter in Libya. Two years ago Hetherington worked in Afghanistan with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Hetherington and Junger talked about the filming of “Restrepo” in an interview with FNC’s Shepard Smith in November. After the jump…

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ABC and CNN Win duPont Awards

dupont_1-12.jpgABC and CNN will pick up two of the 13 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in 2009. The duPont Awards are given out each year for excellence in broadcast journalism.

ABC News (Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger) won for Nightline’s “The Other War: Afghanistan” and CNN and Christiane Amanpour for, “God’s Warriors.”

Katie Couric hosts the awards ceremony on January 22.

NBC and CBS won duPont Awards in 2008.

> Update: ABC News clarifies: “ABC News ‘Nightline’ is to be awarded with an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for the program’s ‘Afghanistan: The Other War’ reported by ABC’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and Producers Madeleine Sauer and Steven Baker. For this report, ‘Nightline’ partnered with ‘Vanity Fair.’”

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