Ann McGowan, former Morning Sentinel managing editor, dies at 87


Ann McGowan, a former managing editor at the Morning Sentinel and member of the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame, died Tuesday.

McGowan died of complications from dementia after falling at her home last week in Pittsfield, according to a daughter, Jolene McGowan. She was 87.

Ann McGowan was considered a trailblazer for female journalists in Maine, having entered the field in the early 1960s, when newsroom positions were long filled by men. She was the first woman to hold the top editorial position at the Morning Sentinel.

Ann McGowan works from her home in Pittsfield in the mid-1960s. She was a correspondent for the Morning Sentinel at the time, covering the Pittsfield area. McGowan would go on to hold several positions at the newspaper, including managing editor in the 1990s. She was inducted in 2012 into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of McGowan family

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