Susan Rasky, a University of California, Berkeley journalism professor and former New York Times political reporter, has died. She was 61.
The UC Berkeley School of Journalism said Rasky died Dec. 29 at her home in El Cerrito, Calif. following a long illness.
As a reporter, Rasky won a George Polk award for national reporting for her coverage of the congressional budget crisis in 1990.
She was known as a passionate teacher of political and government reporting, and students said she often helped them long after they left school.
John Myers, a former student of Rasky's who is now at ABC, says her students referred to themselves as "Rasky-ites" because she became a guiding force in their lives.
A memorial service was planned Sunday in Mill Valley.