There will be a void in the Daily Star-Journal newsroom come May 22.

May 21 marks the end of an era for our staff writer Sue Sterling.

Sue will move onto her next adventure after more than 30 years of serving the paper and the Johnson County and Warrensburg communities.

One of my first interactions with Sue came on my first day working at the paper almost three years ago. I asked her how long she had been with the paper. When she told me, my jaw dropped.

My first thought: “That is someone who loves this community.”

After working with her for three years, I can say without a doubt that belief stands true.

Sue is a familiar face out in the community, and she has been a constant at our paper for the past 30 years.

As managing editor, I never have to worry about Sue hitting a deadline or putting together a thorough story.

I have had people ask me before how she does it? I honestly don’t know. She has a passion for writing and keeping the community informed that I cannot put in words.

I never have had to worry if I had a question about the community or journalism in general because I know Sue almost always has the answers. That has been a very valuable asset for her colleagues to have, myself included.

Sue has helped me learn a lot during my time at the Daily Star-Journal. Some of my favorite memories in my career so far come from her telling stories of her career. The stories she tells show you the passion she has for newspapers and for keeping people informed.

Every journalist should strive for that.

Looking ahead, the DSJ office will not be the same without Sue here. However, we will continue to provide the community the news it wants and tell the stories of the people, businesses, organizations and government entities that are here.

Sue will be missed here at the office and across the community. The entire newspaper staff wishes her the best as she puts down her DSJ reporter’s notebook.

Thank you, Sue, for more than 30 years of service to the paper and the community.

Personally, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and helping me become a better journalist because of it.

Managing Editor of Digital Publishing Derek Brizendine can be reached by emailing, by calling (660) 747-8123 or on Twitter at @DerekBrizendine.

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