Former Bergen Record editor Deirdre Sykes O'Neil, newsroom standard bearer for years, dies at 68


Deirdre Sykes O’Neil, a driving force in New Jersey journalism who guided generations of reporters and editors through the newsroom of The Record (Bergen, New Jersey) with unwavering standards and a comforting personal touch, died Thursday, Dec. 29. She was 68.

Sykes, who had battled cancer for a decade, faced that challenge with the same fierce determination and positive attitude she brought to the newsroom every day for 30 years.

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