AP re­porter, editor Laura My­ers dies

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY KIM­BERLY PIERCEALL

Laura My­ers, a vet­eran As­so­ci­ated Press re­porter and editor who led the news co­op­er­a­tive’s cov­er­age of for­eign af­fairs as the coun­try reeled from the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks and spent the past five years cov­er­ing pol­i­tics for Ne­vada’s largest news­pa­per, died Fri­day. She was 53.

The Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal, where My­ers had been the news­pa­per’s lead po­lit­i­cal re­porter since 2010, re­ported My­ers had been di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer in 2013.

“Laura was fe­ro­ciously in­ter­ested in the world and in the sto­ries peo­ple had to tell. She had left jour­nal­ism to go to film school and luck­ily, I was able to talk her into com­ing back to help with cov­er­age of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Kath­leen Car­roll, ex­ec­u­tive editor of The As­so­ci­ated Press. “She worked re­lent­lessly with re­porters and ed­i­tors in the field, ask­ing smart ques­tions, stitch­ing to­gether bits of in­tel­li­gence from re­porters scat­tered around the world to frame in­ter­est­ing, in­tel­li­gent sto­ries. She made us bet­ter for a very long time and we were lucky to be her col­league.”

The Las Ve­gas na­tive was the po­lit­i­cal editor for the AP dur­ing the 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“She was lit­er­ally my right arm dur­ing the 2000 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign,” said Sandy John­son, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Press Foun­da­tion who was the wire ser­vice’s Washington bureau chief at the time. John­son re­sisted declar­ing a vic­tor when re­sults ap­peared too nar­row be­tween for­mer vice pres­i­dent Al Gore and even­tual win­ner Ge­orge W. Bush.

In a memo writ­ten that year as the lengthy vote re­count was be­gin­ning, John­son said the story was “in the hands of the best po­lit­i­cal editor pos­si­ble.”

Later, My­ers led the news agency’s for­eign af­fairs, mil­i­tary, na­tional se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence cov­er­age as the coun­try reeled from the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks and went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

My­ers was the first to ar­rive and last to leave and worked through Christ­mas lead­ing cov­er­age when a tsunami hit In­done­sia in 2004, John­son said.

AP

A rac­coon takes a nap, one leg dan­gling down the beam, in a breezy rafter away for the sun, Fri­day, June 19 in Durham, North Carolina as tem­per­a­tures climb into the 30’s.

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