Sue Manning, who shepherded some of the biggest news stories in the region during a 38-year career at the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press, has died. She was 71.
Manning (’72, communications) began honing her skills at the school newspaper, The Poly Post, before accepting a job at the Ontario Daily Report. She moved to the Associated Press in the late 1970s, first in Seattle for a short stint and then Los Angeles.
In the 1980s, she quickly rose in the ranks to become the bureau’s supervising editor, working with reporters to shape coverage on stories that made national headlines – the O.J. Simpson trial, the Northridge earthquake and the Los Angeles Riots among them.
In 2001, the AP presented her with the Oliver S. Gramling award, recognizing her for grace under pressure. She retired in 2016.