Laura Sellers Earl, a former editor in Astoria, Ore., and known nationwide for her work with the Associated Press Media Editors (APME), died Sept. 22, 2020, after a brief illness, The Daily Astorian reports. She was 57.

Sellers Earl became that paper’s first female managing editor, in 1995. She built the company’s first website in 2000, with husband Earl, the production manager, and she was the first internet editor for EO Media Group, The Astorian’s parent company.

Sellers Earl was a returning Blue-Ribbon judge for CNPA’s annual contest, was APME president in 2016, and was co-director of NewsTrain, a national initiative to provide training to journalists to improve their digital skills.