Horner was born in Borås. He reported from several wars and disaster areas. In 2001, he received the Marcus Ölander award for foreign correspondents, by the Public Service association at Sveriges Radio and Sveriges Television.
Author Scott Taylor, who describes himself as a “maverick war reporter”, described working beside Horner while they investigated the killing of civilians in Kosovo, during its civil war with the former Yugoslavia.
On 11 March 2014, Horner was shot dead in a street in Kabul in execution-style. The Washington Post quoted another Swedish journalist, Terese Cristiansson, who described Horner as a “a legend,” and “one of the best we have ever had.”
- ”Nils var en av våra absolut bästa”, Svt.se 11 March 2014
- Scott Taylor (2009). Unembedded: Two Decades of Maverick War Reporting. Douglas & McIntyre. pp. 207–209. ISBN 9781926685885. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
- Sveriges Radios Nils Horner mördad i Afghanistan Svt.se 11 March 2014
- Kevin Sieff (2014-03-11). "Journalist’s killing in Afghanistan raises fears of possible new trend endangering foreigners". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
Horner, the South Asia correspondent for the Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio, had previously been based in New York and London, according to the station’s Web site. He had recently arrived in Kabul.
- Dugan, Emily (11 March 2014). "Swedish journalist Nils Horner murdered execution-style in Kabul as Afghanistan prepares for fresh violence ahead of its presidential elections". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
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