Carol Druga, a veteran Associated Press editor who was a newsroom mentor with an acerbic wit and a deep affection for Pittsburgh sports, has died. She was 50.
Druga had been treated for cancer over the past several months and died Monday after being sickened by an infection. She began her AP career in the Indianapolis bureau in 2004 before moving to Atlanta to work on the AP’s South Regional Desk in 2008. While there, she worked several years as a shift supervisor, juggling countless breaking stories from the Upper Big Branch mine explosion to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She moved to the sports desk in 2015.