American journalist David Gilkey and his Afghan translator were killed Sunday while traveling with an Afghan army unit that came under fire in southern Helmand province, Gilkey's employer National Public Radio announced.
The translator was identified as Zabihullah Tamanna. Two other journalists traveling with Gilkey, named as Tom Bowman and Monika Evstatieva, were unharmed.
"David has been covering war and conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. He was devoted to helping the public see these wars and the people caught up in them. He died pursuing that commitment," said Michael Oreskes, NPR's senior vice president of news and editorial director.
"As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes."