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In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, photo provided by the Virginia Press Association, Dorothy Abernathy, longtime Virginia bureau chief for The Associated Press, speaks after receiving the Virginia Press Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the newspaper industry in Richmond, Va. Abernathy was honored Saturday at the association's annual conference. (Dan Currier/Virginia Press Association via AP)
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AP’s Abernathy given lifetime achievement award in Virginia

In this Saturday, April 8, 2017, photo provided by the Virginia Press Association, Dorothy Abernathy, longtime Virginia bureau chief for The Associated Press, speaks after receiving the Virginia Press Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the newspaper industry in Richmond, Va. Abernathy was honored Saturday at the association's annual conference. (Dan Currier/Virginia Press Association via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dorothy Abernathy, longtime Virginia bureau chief for The Associated Press, has been honored by The Virginia Press Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the newspaper industry.

Abernathy was honored Saturday at the association’s annual conference. She is retiring in June after a 35-year career with the AP, including more than 25 years as bureau chief in Richmond, Virginia’s capital.

Before joining AP, Abernathy spent four years at The Kansas City Star, where she was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a 1981 skywalk collapse at a Kansas City hotel.

Abernathy began her AP career in Arkansas before moving to Roanoke, Virginia. She also worked as an editor in Cleveland, Ohio, before returning to Virginia as bureau chief in 1989.

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