Published: Aug 20, 2012 10:29 AM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Longtime north Florida journalist Margo Pope is retiring.
The St. Johns County Commission designated Thursday as Margo C. Pope Day, saluting her for her contributions to the county and her 40-plus years in the newspaper business.
As a teen, she wrote high school football and basketball stories for the Florida Times-Union and was later hired as a general assignment reporter there after graduating from the University of Florida.
She worked at the Times-Union for 18 years as associate city editor, features assignment editor and features editor.
The award winning journalist was named managing editor of the St. Augustine Record in 1988. She served as opinion editor there for the past five years.
Pope has also been an advocate for the preservation and protection of the city's history and buildings.
Information from: The St. Augustine Record,

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