Posted March 17, 2010 07:08 pm - Updated March 18, 2010 07:35 am

Every community needs a ‘Sting’

Only a year ago we were laughing and calling each other’s news story ideas ‘crazy’ just before my move to The Augusta Chronicle. She could handle deadline pain easier than most. I can't believe she is gone.

Alisa Stingley, passionate public service editor and reporter for The Times, Shreveport, La., died when no one thought she would. She was recovering from back surgery when death struck its blow in the form of a pulmonary embolism. She was 53.

Every community needs journalists like "Sting", finding tax dollars being wasted, reflecting life and shining a light on the decent hardworking heroes. She did it all. I’m sure you can think of a few in Augusta that fit this bill.

I remember her standing in The Times newsroom during shuttle Columbia disaster coverage in 2003. She was among the first to respond and knew just what to do. Her leadership as a reporter, self-driven to tell great stories, stood out. She was an easy pick as a local news editor and public service editor there.

Alisa was always ready to fight the good fight for public records and to report wrongdoing. It made her ill to be out ill. Her passion for getting exclusives and producing news was inspiring.

Read this entry posted at my old haunt to learn more about what journalism lost: Alisa Stingley leaves fine journalistic legacy