Michelle Lang

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Michelle Lang
Michelle Lang.jpg
Born (1975-01-31)31 January 1975
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died 30 December 2009(2009-12-30) (aged 34)
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Education Simon Fraser University
Occupation Reporter
Notable credit(s) Calgary Herald

Michelle Justine Lang (31 January 1975 in Vancouver, British Columbia – 30 December 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan) was a Calgary Herald reporter and the first Canadian journalist to die in the War in Afghanistan.[1]


Born and raised in Vancouver, Lang was an alumnus of Magee Secondary School and Simon Fraser University. Her first job as a reporter was at the Prince George Free Press. She later moved on to Moose Jaw Times Herald and the Regina Leader-Post, then moved to Calgary to become a print journalist for the Calgary Herald. She won a National Newspaper Award in 2008 for best beat reporting,[2] for her reporting on national and provincial health-care issues.[3]


Lang was on a six-week assignment to Afghanistan for the Herald and Canwest News Service[4] when the armoured military vehicle she was riding in struck a roadside bomb.[5] She died of her wounds; four Canadian soldiers were killed in the blast.[6]

She was survived by her fiancé, Michael Louie.[7]

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