Born in Gisborne, New Zealand, as Margaret Wilson, she got her first camera at age 8.
Moth covered the Persian Gulf War, the rioting that followed Indira Gandhi's assassination, the civil war in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the Bosnian War. She had been described by colleagues as quirky, tough, fearless and funny.
In July 1992, Moth was shot and severely wounded while filming in Sniper Alley in Sarajevo. Because of this injury, considerable damage was done to her body, and her speech became slurred. Despite her injuries, she returned to work in Sarajevo six months later, joking that she was going back to look for her missing teeth.
She was the subject of the CNN documentary Fearless: the Margaret Moth Story, which aired in October 2009. It was the story of her reporting the news in dangerous war zones, without fear. In the documentary, she was quoted as saying, "I've gotten everything out of life."
In 2007, Moth was diagnosed with colon cancer. Two years later, she told a CNN documentary crew, "I would have liked to think I'd have gone out with a bit more flair ... the important thing is to know that you've lived your life to the fullest.... You could be a billionaire, and you couldn't pay to do the things we've done."
- "Margaret Moth CNN war zone camerawoman dies from cancer". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- Phil Davison "Margaret Moth: Fearless camerawoman who faced the dangers of many war zones and was seriously injured in Sarajevo", The Independent, 2 April 2010
- Ravitz, Jessica (21 March 2010). "Fearless to the end: Remembering Margaret Moth". CNN. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- "The Margaret Moth Story: FEARLESS (or: A Heroine Just Walked Into My Life)". 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- IWMF website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Margaret Moth CNN war zone camerawoman dies from cancer". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-05-24.