Carol Druga, a veteran Associated Press editor who was a newsroom mentor with an acerbic wit and a deep affection for Pittsburgh sports, has died. She was 50.

Druga began her AP career in the Indianapolis bureau in 2004 before moving to Atlanta to work on the AP's South Regional Desk in 2008. She moved to the sports desk in 2015.

In 2010, she spent a month overseeing the AP's Mid-Atlantic bureau in Washington and coordinated coverage of the massive blizzard known then as "Snowmageddon." Before joining the AP, she worked for more than 10 years at The Herald-Argus newspaper in LaPorte, Indiana.

AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll called Druga "a special person who upheld AP's values and worked every minute to make all of us better."