Reporter Who Brought Down Gen. McChrystal Dead at 33

Michael Hastings killed in LA car crash
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2013 12:52 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
Reporter Who Brought Down Gen. McChrystal Dead at 33
This undated photo provided by Blue Rider Press/Penguin shows award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings.    (AP Photo/Blue Rider Press/Penguin)

Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed are mourning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, who has been killed in a car crash in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old—described by Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith as a "great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story"—was best known for his 2010 profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which led to the Afghanistan commander's resignation. He covered the Iraq war for Newsweek from 2005 until 2008, and wrote I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story after his fiance was killed by a car bomb in 2007.

"Great reporters exude a certain kind of electricity," says Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana, "the sense that there are stories burning inside them, and that there's no higher calling or greater way to live life than to be always relentlessly trying to find and tell those stories. I'm sad that I'll never get to publish all the great stories that he was going to write, and sad that he won't be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours. He will be missed." USA Today reports Hastings died in a fiery single-car accident around 4:25am yesterday. He is survived by wife Elise Jordan. (More Michael Hastings stories.)

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