Award-winning Information-Star editor Kathy Spurlock dies

MONROE, La. (AP) — Kathy Spurlock, an award-winning journalist who served as editor of a number of newspapers in Louisiana and Mississippi, died Friday after a protracted sickness.

She died at her residence in Monroe, Louisiana, The Information-Star reported. She was 67.

Spurlock served two stints on the newspaper, together with 21 years as its high editor when she retired in 2016.

She was a mentor to Barbara Chief, who’s now the highest Louisiana editor for Gannett, the corporate that owns The Information-Star.

“Kathy employed me at The Information-Star once I had little newspaper expertise and her religion in me offered the boldness I wanted to develop and succeed,” Chief mentioned. “She not solely supported and inspired me in my profession, however did the identical for numerous different journalists who at the moment are working round Louisiana and in different states.

“Lengthy after she retired from The Information-Star, she stayed concerned in our work. At all times a journalist, she despatched us information ideas by way of social media, texts and cellphone calls. She might be tremendously missed.”

Spurlock typically mentioned the perfect a part of being a journalist was the power to make a distinction in individuals’s lives and their communities.

Spurlock graduated from Louisiana Tech College and began her profession at The Information-Star in 1975. She was promoted to varied midlevel editor positions at The Information-Star and the previous Monroe Morning World. In 1982, she grew to become editor of Louisiana Suburban Press in Baker, and moved in 1985 to the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate.

In 1989, she returned to Gannett as metro editor of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. She got here again to Monroe in 1995 as govt editor, including basic supervisor to her title in 2014.

Throughout Spurlock’s tenure, the information division was reworked from a once-daily print publication to a digital and print info heart. The newspaper was acknowledged for its investigative reporting, commentary, innovation, financial growth, public service and neighborhood service work underneath her management. She additionally was an award-winning author for editorial commentary and columns.

Spurlock served as a previous president of the Louisiana/Mississippi Related Press Media Editors board of administrators and chair of the Louisiana Press Affiliation’s Freedom of Info Committee and on the nationwide board of the American Society of Information Editors.

She is survived by her husband, Lindsey Wilkerson, a daughter, Anne Perrone, and two grandchildren.

Funeral preparations weren’t instantly introduced.

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