Pioneering female journalist dies at 85

June 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of the first female reporters at Michigan's state Capitol has died.

Willah Weddon of Stockbridge died Saturday. She was 85.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reported she became a correspondent for it, the Lansing State Journal and the Detroit Free Press in 1961. The State Journal reported Weddon founded the Women's News Bureau and operated out of an office at the Capitol for a decade.

She was a longtime member of Michigan Press Women and twice was named its Woman of Achievement, an honor now known as the Communicator of Achievement award.

Weddon also wrote books, including "First Ladies of Michigan" and "Michigan Governors: Their Life Stories."

Weddon's funeral was Wednesday at Stockbridge United Methodist Church.