Noreen O'Leary, One of Advertising's Most Iconic Journalists, Has Died

For 31 years, her Adweek profiles and agency coverage set the bar

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Noreen O'Leary, a giant of advertising journalism who spent the past 31 years perfecting her craft at Adweek, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 59.

A native of Pittsburgh, O'Leary attended the Ellis School for high school and then studied at Carnegie-Mellon University. In 1985, she joined Adweek, and over the ensuing decades, she more than earned her reputation as one of the industry's most respected and recognized agency reporters. Her stories also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The New York Times.

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