Baltimore Sun editor Mary J. Corey dies at 49

UPDATE: The Sun’s story on its editor’s death is now online. “Many of [Mary J. Corey’s] initiatives came as The Sun’s owner, Tribune Co., underwent reorganization, emerging from bankruptcy this year,” it says. “In ways large and small, Ms. Corey worked to keep the newsroom focused and forward-looking throughout the process.

“For example, while maintaining a newsroom tradition of speeches and a cake for departing employees, Ms. Corey added a welcoming ‘snack party’ for new hires, who got to pick a favorite treat.”

* Mary J. Corey, the first woman to lead the Sun’s newsroom, dies of cancer (baltimoresun.com)
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Mary J. Corey, who has led the Baltimore Sun’s newsroom since 2010, died today. She was 49. The memo from the Sun’s publisher:

From: Ryan, Tim
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:48 PM
Subject: The saddest of news

To all BSMG newsroom employees,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mary Corey lost her courageous battle with breast cancer today, surrounded by her loved ones.

As we learn more from her family about arrangements, and as we plan any special tributes to Mary here at BSMG, I will pass that information on to you.

For those of you not in the newsroom when we made the announcement, I know that sharing this news with you via email is far from ideal. However, I felt it was important to inform you immediately.

In the meantime, please keep Mary’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Tim

* From 2010: “Corey’s promotion to director of content comes almost exactly two years after she was told she had breast cancer …Today, she is cancer free.”

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