Anne Garrels Biography

Anne Garrels, also known as Anne Longworth Garrels was an American-based broadcast journalist and correspondent. She worked for National Public Radio, ABC News, and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). In 2003, She became famous for being the only American journalist to report from Baghdad during the U.S. “shock and awe” bombing campaign.

Early Life

Anne Garrels was born on 2nd July 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts. In her early childhood, she was raised by her parents in  London. Her father, John C. Garrels Jr., worked as an executive for the American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, Monsanto Company, and her mother was Valarie S. Garrels who passed away when Anne was 25. She had two older siblings. Anne completed her schooling at the independent girls’ school, St Catherine’s School. After her schooling, she joined Middlebury College, a private liberal arts college in Middlebury but later transferred to the women’s liberal arts college in Cambridge, Radcliffe College of Harvard University. She graduated in Russian in 1972.

Anne Garrels Career

Garrels was a fearless and brave reporter. She started her journalism journey in 1975 when she got the job at a research position at ABC network. She served in several positions including Moscow Bureau Chief and Correspondent. From 1984-1985, she worked as Central American Bureau Chief and in 1985, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she took the position of State Department Correspondent at NBC News. In 1988, she joined NPR and started reporting on conflicts in various nations. In 2003, she stayed and reported live from Baghdad during the Iraq war.

She was one of the permanent reporters during the November 2004 attack on Fallujah. In the following year, she reported on the January 2005 Iraqi national elections for an interim government, as well as a constitutional referendum. After completing more than a decade at NPR, Anne retired in 2010. Other than being a journalist, she is also an author. After returning from Iraq after reporting the 2003 Iraq war, she published a memoir, Naked in Baghdad, in which she shared the time spent during the invasion and other events. She published her second book, Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2016.

Social Media

Anne was away from putting her personal life on social media platforms like Instagram. She was only active on Twitter. She joined Twitter on June 2011 where she posted her opinions and ideas. Her Twitter account has 650 followers.

Anne Garrels Biography

Real Name Anne Garrels
Birth Date 2 July 1951
Died Date 7 September 2022
Age (as of 2022) 71 Years
Birth Place Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Profession Journalist
College Harvard University, Radcliffe College
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 6” – in Centimeters – 168 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 56 kg  –  in Pounds –  123 lbs
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Brown


Father John C. Garrels
Mother Valarie S. Garrels

Relationship Status

Marital Status Divorced
Who is her husband? J. Vinton Lawrence

Personal Life

Anne got married to J. Vinton Lawrence, who was an artist and U.S. Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary officer. He worked with the Hmong tribesman and the CIA-owned airline Air America. He died from Leukemia in 2016. She did not have her children but managed to maintain a good relationship with her stepdaughters Rebecca Lawrence and Gabrielle Strand. On September 7, 2022, Anne Garrels left the world due to lung cancer at the age of 71.

Anne Garrels Net Worth

Anne worked all her life passionately. She stayed in extreme conditions in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and the West Bank to cover the conflicts. She worked and gained wealth and respect. It is sure that her estimated net worth is $3 million and she established more than a decent lifestyle for herself.


  • Anne was expelled by ABC in 1982 because of her tough reporting on sensitive topics such as suicide and loneliness.
  • She faced some criticism in 2007 by FAIR for taking the abused prisoners’ confessions during a story she was covering.
  • Anne met Lawrence while she was in Washington D.C. Lawrence’s letters to her during her time in Baghdad are published in the memoir, Naked in Baghdad
  • Anne lived in Norfolk, Connecticut until her death.
  • She was also part of “Between War and Here”, a collaboration with Ensemble Galilei and fellow NPR correspondent Neal Conan in 2019.

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