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Cancer claims life of Oklahoman reporter

Oklahoman reporter Ann Kelley Weaver died Wednesday after lengthy battle with cancer.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 30, 2012

Ann Kelley Weaver provided no-nonsense journalism with a smile.

Weaver, of Shawnee, died Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 41.

She had a charming way of fighting to tell a thorough, well-balanced story, and that never wavered.

“Ann was a tough reporter who never let a story get past her. She was always professional, respectful and pleasant,” said Diana Baldwin, a colleague and friend. “She was a tougher individual as she battled breast cancer for 3½ years. I will always admire her smile and positive attitude she displayed during her illness.

“Ann's family was very important to her. She was a rock for them. She will be missed by many.”

Weaver had been a journalist at The Oklahoman for more than 10 years. She was a reporter for The Ada Evening News and The Shawnee News-Star before joining The Oklahoman in 2002. Weaver received numerous awards for breaking news, investigative and government reporting.

In 1999, she was an Associated Press sweepstakes winner for her stories about two wrongfully convicted men. Her work is featured in John Grisham's best-selling book, “The Innocent Man,” and used as a source in “Actual Innocence,” co-authored by attorney Berry Scheck, founder of the Innocence Project. Weaver was a graduate of Fresno State University and East Central University. Before her career in journalism, she worked as a social worker and as a legal assistant.

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