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Frances R. Mears, former AP bureau chief in Baltimore, dies

Frances R. Mears, former AP bureau chief in Baltimore, dies

Frances R. Mears, a former Baltimore-based Associated Press bureau chief whose journalism career spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday. She was 66.

Mears had been ill with cancer, said her husband, Walter R. Mears, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political writer and retired AP vice president.

After more than a decade in newspaper journalism, Fran Mears — then known as Fran Richardson — joined the AP in 1982 in Indianapolis, serving there initially as a legislative reporter and broadcast editor. In 1990, she was named news editor for Indiana after a brief hiatus from the AP when she was public relations director of the Hoosier Lottery.

Mears was promoted to assistant...

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