Sue Sherring, in a photo from her Twitter account

The School of Journalism and Communication is mourning the recent loss of a prominent graduate of the journalism program, long-time Ottawa Sun political columnist Susan Sherring.

Sherring, who died in Ottawa on July 23, was 63.

She received her Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1982 and went on to a high-profile career as a Sun columnist, earning a reputation as a tenacious watchdog on municipal affairs in Ottawa.

After retiring from the daily news business in 2016, Sherring returned to Carleton to study in the J-School’s Master of Journalism program, where she served as a teaching assistant and mentored young students training for careers in the profession.

Even in retirement, Sherring was lured back to the job she loved as a once-a-week municipal columnist with the Sun.

“We are so saddened to hear of Sue’s passing,” said Prof. Allan Thompson, head of Carleton’s journalism program. “The tributes that have poured in from local politicians and former newsroom colleagues attest to her impact on city affairs over the years and the respect she earned during her career.”

He added that Sherring’s return to Carleton’s journalism program as a graduate student nearly 40 years after her undergraduate years at the school signalled her pride in the education she’d gained as an aspiring reporter.

“We’re proud to have been an important part of Sue’s life,” he said.

For more on Sherring’s legacy, see the Ottawa Citizen’s obituary and hear local politicians and journalists pay tribute to her on Ottawa’s CityNews radio.

Thursday, July 28, 2022 in
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