Sally Ja­cob­sen, AP’s first fe­male in­ter­na­tional edi­tor, dies

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Sally Ja­cob­sen, a widely ex­pe­ri­enced As­so­ci­ated Press cor­re­spon­dent who be­came the first woman to serve as the news ser­vice’s in­ter­na­tional edi­tor, over­see­ing with a cool, steady hand cov­er­age of wars, ter­ror­ism and a daily stream of his­tory-mak­ing events, has died at the age of 70.

Ja­cob­sen, who re­tired in 2015 to Cro­ton-on-Hud­son, New York, died Thurs­day night at nearby Phelps Hospi­tal from a re­cur­rence of can­cer that first struck her six years ago, said her hus­band, Pa­trick Oster, a re­tired Bloomberg News man­ag­ing edi­tor.

Her 39-year ca­reer took her from the precincts of fi­nan­cial power as a Wash­ing­ton eco­nomics cor­re­spon­dent, to the earth­quake-rav­aged bar­rios of Mex­ico City, to the coun­cils of NATO in Brus­sels and then to the pres­sure-packed job at New York head­quar­ters of lead­ing AP’s scores of in­ter­na­tional cor­re­spon­dents through the years of 9-11 and the in­va­sions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In her fi­nal jobs, she su­per­vised the AP Style­book, shep­herd­ing through changes in newswrit­ing con­ven­tions fol­lowed by me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions ev­ery­where, and was ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the in­dus­try group As­so­ci­ated Press Me­dia Ed­i­tors.

“Sally had a quiet strength that was crit­i­cal to her role as a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent, Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent, in­ter­na­tional edi­tor and edi­tor of the AP Style­book,’’ said Kath­leen Car­roll, for­mer AP ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor. “Her pass­ing is a ter­ri­ble blow and we are grate­ful for all that she con­trib­uted to the pro­fes­sion in her dis­tin­guished ca­reer.’’

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