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Sue O'Brien, who had a varied career in Colorado politics, education, and journalism before ending up as editorial page editor of The Denver Post, died August 6 at age 64.

An active member of NCEW, she wrote for The Masthead as recently as the Spring 2003 edition and played a major role in staging the 1999 NCEW convention.

Death was attributed to cancer. Her publisher, William Dean Singleton, said she had become the newspaper's conscience and "the conscience of Colorado," contributing to the development of sound public policy in the state.

She accepted the top editorial spot at the Post in 1995. At the helm of the Post's editorial page, she was known for her fairness and for a commitment to bring new voices into the public debate. Her obituary in the Post quoted Republican and Democratic Party politicians alike with words of praise for her even-handedness. Singleton said an O'Brien hallmark was her painstaking examination of the issues.

O'Brien began her journalistic career in broadcasting in 1968, providing reports to a Colorado radio station on the riots during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. She held other broadcasting posts in Colorado and New York and worked for governors Richard Lamm and Roy Romer. She served as a professor and associate dean of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She held a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and co-authored, with Marshall Kaplan, a book, The Governors and the New Federalism.

Survivors include her husband, John Seifert; a daughter, Sally Hautzinger of Colorado Springs; two sons, Peter Hautzinger of Grand Junction and Andrew Hautzinger of Las Lunas, New Mexico; six grandchildren; and three stepsons, Eric Seifert of Black Hawk, David Seifert of Wheat Ridge, and Nicholas Seifert of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Post said Mrs. O'Brien had asked that any memorial contributions go to a journalism building fund for the University of Colorado in care of the CU Foundation, P.O. Box 1140, Boulder CO 80306.
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Publication:The Masthead
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Date:Sep 22, 2003
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