Margaret Moth.

"She did it to the max, and she did it brilliantly. And she did it on her terms."


It's hard to find someone more personally courageous and dedicated to her profession than Margaret Moth.

The dangerous demands of her job as a photojournalist in war zones underscore her indomitable will, but also serve as a model for those of us who live less extreme lives. It's easy to admire Moth for her courage as some sort of superhero, but we think the life she lived gives the rest of us important lessons for fulfillment in our lives. Excerpts from various CCN accounts of Margaret's life: 

Given her jet-black hair, thick black eyeliner, black clothes and combat boots (which she often slept in while on assignment), people didn't always know what to think upon meeting her. She was quirky, the sort who excused herself from a social gathering by saying she had to wash her socks. And she was fearless, the kind of woman who not only kept the camera rolling while under fire, but zoomed in on a soldier who was shooting at her.

Colleagues learned quickly to appreciate all that this CNN camerawoman was. Beyond her rich personality, which included deep optimism and kindness, she brought to her profession top-notch technical abilities, unmatched dedication and an approach to work that inspired others to push themselves.

She "led the complete life," Amanpour said. "I don't think Margaret could ever look back and say, 'What if?' She did it to the max, and she did it brilliantly. And she did it on her terms."

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