Pauline Clark, news editor of the Ludlow Advertiser and Tenbury Wells Advertiser since 2001, has died after a brave fight against cancer.
She joined the Advertiser group, which is part of Newsquest, as a senior reporter in 1995. She moved to sister papers the Kidderminster Times and Shuttle in 1998 before returning to Ludlow.
Pauline grew up in Cornwall and trained as a nurse before she became a journalist. She began as a reporter on the Croydon Advertiser before moving to the Manchester office of The Guardian as a reporter and theatre critic from 1971-74. She also had a brief spell in Northern Ireland.
She briefly edited the journal of the civil service union IPCS, before freelancing for nine months in Amsterdam.
Pauline joined the Financial Times in 1975 and worked there for seven years in a number of key roles.
As a journalist, she was a total professional with a high regard for accuracy and impartiality. This won her respect and admiration across the whole community in which she worked.
Pauline also had a strong sense of humour and could be a vicious, but very funny, mimic. She was a keen supporter of the South Shropshire Youth Forum, which helps youngsters deal with drugs and alcohol problems.
She had lived close to Ludlow with her solicitor husband Nick Walker for 22 years. She had two children, Tessa, 24, and Jamie, 19.