Alaska journalist shot in Georgia

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ANCHORAGE - An Alaskan working as a journalist in war-torn Georgia has been injured in a shooting, his family members said Monday.

The parents of Winston Featherly-Bean, 22, told the Anchorage Daily News he was shot Friday while he was riding in a vehicle in Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of South Osettia, after Russians invaded the region. Two other journalists were reportedly killed.

His parents, Walter Featherly of Anchorage and Christine Bean of Girdwood, spent the weekend trying to contact their son without success.

Featherly said he was told by the U.S. State Department on Monday that his son was hospitalized in satisfactory condition in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz, just north of the Georgian border. That information was relayed through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Bean said they have not been successful in repeated efforts to telephone the hospital.

The 2004 graduate of West High School was hired last summer as editor of The Messenger, an English language newspaper published daily in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

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