We remember USA Today's Olivia Barker

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and colleagues of Olivia Barker, a USA Today reporter taken too soon at just age 40 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. Co-workers remember her as "[w]hip-smart and witty, with a laugh that could fill a newsroom." Executive editor David Colton reflects, "A sad day at USA TODAY as we mourn fashion & entertainment reporter Olivia Barker, dead of cancer at 40," Nation Now's Lindsay Deutsch concludes, "Olivia Barker was The Best. The best writer. The best spirit. And the best pun-maker. Rest in Peace." Gannett Digital's Anthony DeBarros echoes, "Truly a jewel."

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