New Zealand's first female television news camera operator and internationally renowned photojournalist Margaret Moth has died of cancer, aged 59. Born Margaret Wilson in Gisborne, Moth worked as a camerawoman for Television New Zealand in Dunedin in the 1970s, after studying at the University of Canterbury, where she specialised in film and photography.  Moth later moved to the United States and began working for CNN in 1990.  After covering the Persian Gulf War, the rioting that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination and the civil war in Georgia, Moth came to prominence when she was shot in the face covering the war in Sarajevo in 1992.  After multiple reconstructive surgeries, Moth returned to Sarajevo and continued working for CNN.  Moth was diagnosed with cancer more than three years ago and passed away in a hospice in Minnesota last week.  CNN colleagues and friends of Margaret Moth have written this report about the 'tremendous life journey' of a woman they describe as fearless.

1 comment for “Legendary photojournalist Margaret Moth dies ”

  1. Post from WIFT member Anna Cottrell:
    Very sad news about Margaret Moth. She worked in Christchurch (as well as Dunedin) for TV One News. As a reporter I remember the splash she made covering a speech at the Christchurch Rotary Club. She was dressed head to toe in customary black - huge boots, jet black hair, with her signature pale make up, lipstick and black rimmed eyes - and I guarantee none of the Christchurch 'suits' heard a word of the speech. They were rivetted by Margaret.

    She was intelligent, thoughtful and went on to have a brilliant career. I pass on my sympathy to her family and friends.

    Anna Cottrell

    Posted by Anne O'Brien on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 at 8:22:38 a.m.

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