Groundbreaking Journalist Magaret Scherf Dies

Groundbreaking Journalist Magaret Scherf Dies

Margaret Scherf

Margaret ScherfMargaret Scherf, a news correspondent and editor for the Associated Press (AP) passed away Feb 18, 2016, at the age of 75. In a statement by Scherf’s family, her passing comes as a result of an illness from which she had been battling in recent years.

Recognized as a groundbreaker for female journalists, her career shifted to the national stage in 1963 after joining the AP. It was her hope that she would be able to provide a unique frame of reference in order to counter, what was at the time, a male dominated industry. Having derived inspiration from fictional character Brenda Starr, Scherf distinguished herself as an effective journalist who was able to bring life to the news she covered. As the decade of the 1960’s came to a close, she reported on many high-profile stories.

In 1969, Scherf’s career moved to Washington where she functioned as both a news correspondent as well as an editor at the AP Washington Bureau. Prior to her retirement in 2002, she worked throughout the 1990’s on the Metro Desk in Washington.

Scherf’s family described her as someone who loved to share the adventures that came with her many travel experiences. Margaret Scherf is survived by her brother, sister-in-law, as well as two nieces.

By Garrett Sayers
Edited by Cathy Milne

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