(AP) Nancy Keefe, an award-winning journalist and longtime columnist for Gannett newspapers, died Wednesday of breast cancer, according to The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass. She was 69.
Keefe spent most of her career as a journalist with Gannett newspapers, starting in 1976 as Sunday coordinator for the former Standard-Star in New Rochelle and ending as a columnist for what is now The Journal News. She also worked for The Berkshire Eagle and the New York World Telegram and Sun. She retired in 1998.
In 1983, Keefe was named top columnist by the New York State Associated Press Association among state newspapers with a circulation of more than 125,000.
As editorial page editor for The Journal News, Keefe was known for her honest criticism of politicians, her defense of the disenfranchised and her sense of humor.
Keefe, a Roman Catholic, also was a Eucharistic minister and a lector at the College of New Rochelle, even though she took strong stands against some church policies, including its position against abortion.