AP reporter, editor Laura Myers dies
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.
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