Sallie Cook, 1941-2018: Longtime publisher was a running force for GeekWire


Sallie Cook, right, with sons Dave, left, and John, center, during a GeekWire eventuality in Seattle in 2014. She is also survived by her father Roger and son Dan. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Sallie Cook, a no-nonsense former journal contributor who upheld along her adore for broadcasting to her youngest son, GeekWire co-founder John Cook, died Wednesday in Wooster, Ohio, after a prolonged illness. She was 76.

A late courts, cops and supervision match for a Akron Beacon-Journal, Sallie was a tenacious, good-humored, bridge-playing Democrat whose upbeat celebrity and likability done her a county and journalistic force in her 27,000-person Northeastern Ohio town.

She desired a good story, as a contributor and reader, and done a robe of emailing GeekWire staffers discerning records of support when she favourite something they wrote. She was prejudiced to good shoe-leather reporting, mostly praising reporters for removing out of a bureau to lane down a source or a pivotal square of information.

“Good job, Taylor. Keep digging,” she wrote to contributor Taylor Soper in 2013, after he found what was afterwards a tip plcae of Apple’s Seattle engineering office.

“OK, now we know you’ve done it when we are removing regard from Sallie,” John told Taylor during a time. He explained with indebtedness that his mom “still gives me crap on poorly-written leads, or not removing adequate sourcing in my stories (got one of those progressing this month).”

Sallie was “a absolute participation during GeekWire,” wrote county creation editor Monica Nickelsburg in an inner email on Wednesday, recalling receiving enlivening records and story suggestions from Sallie. At a same time, “she was also a tough censor and hold us accountable to high standards.”

As contributor Lisa Stiffler wrote, “the perfect fact that she managed to lift 3 Cook boys and slay ’em as a publisher is a extensive covenant to her tenacity, beauty and ubiquitous amazingness.”

Sallie and Roger Cook during a 2015 GeekWire Game Night in Seattle, where Sallie taught attendees how to play bridge. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Sallie also frequently assimilated a GeekWire podcast, pity an outsider’s take on a record business. On one episode, she seemed alongside Seattle businessman Adam Tratt. The dual struck adult a friendship, and years after continued to play Words with Friends, with Sallie typically holding a crown.

As a kick reporter, Sallie lived by a mantra that a many critical people to know and provide good in any classification were a executive assistants. They tranquil information, that led to scoops.

As a reader, she devoured a imitation editions of a Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wooster Daily Record and Akron Beacon-Journal — “my paper,” as she still called it. She would mostly pass along story ideas and suggestions to John, indicating out equipment or trends in stream events that GeekWire could puncture into.

As recently as Sunday, Sallie was providing orator ideas for a arriving GeekWire Summit, suggesting that it would be critical to underline a cybersecurity row that dug into a emanate of electronic harm and amicable media manipulation.

Sallie Cook’s sons, John, Dan and Dave Cook.

John got his start in broadcasting as a teenager, when his mom was operative as a match for a Beacon-Journal in Wooster, a Wayne County seat.

“Sometimes we would be intensely busy, and John would be doing nothing,” Sallie explained while sitting in on a GeekWire podcast during a 2016 visit. “And so we would say, ‘John go call a wake homes, do a obits for me.’ ”

(John would make a calls anticipating no one had died, since he was paid a same rate either or not there were obituaries for him to write.)

“Some kids went to a grocery store and bagged groceries, or worked during a Dairy Queen,” John pronounced in a 2014 radio interview. “I worked for a internal newspaper, job wake homes, seeking who had died that day.”

“I grew adult around a news business, and my mom worked out of a home, so it was always around me, and a conversations around a cooking list were always about a heartless things going on in a community, and we kinda had a mindfulness with that, peering into a lives of other people,” he said.

Sallie was also active politically and in a community, once using for Wooster City Council and losing narrowly in a ubiquitous choosing after winning a primary. She worked with a League of Women Voters, served as a non-profit house member, and canvassed and phone-banked for Democratic possibilities including Hillary Clinton in a 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Sallie’s county rendezvous extended over politics, and in 2007 she was respected with a Wayne County Women’s Network annual Athena Award. In a Mayoral commercial announcing a honor, Sallie was called out as a “model for business and veteran women, carrying fake her approach as a contributor in a male-dominated contention during a vast daily newspaper, while during a same time, remaining deeply concerned in her community.”

Sallie D. Cook was innate as Sallie Dicke on Nov. 9, 1941 in Lima, Ohio.

Her father, Vernon Dicke, was a rancher in western Ohio and her mom, Anne Dicke, was a amicable worker. The family after changed to Findlay, Ohio, where Vernon bought an word company. Sallie attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating with a grade in domestic scholarship in 1963.

She is survived by her father of 54 years, Roger Cook, a former vehicle and lorry play and financial adviser; in further to her 3 sons, John Cook and his brothers, UPS commander Dan Cook of Cornelius, N.C., and geologist Dave Cook of Aspect Consulting in Seattle; and 3 grandchildren, Carter, Jane and James.

Calling hours are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 13 during McIntire, Bradham Sleek wake home in Wooster, Ohio from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a commemorative use designed during The United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Aug. 14 during 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a family requests that donations be done to OneEighty, a non-profit that supports victims of domestic violence, those pang with piece abuse and other village programs.

In an email to a group Wednesday, John described his mom as “a outspoken GeekWire believer and critic, indicating out when we did good work and when we fell short. Her standards were enormously high, and a enrich from her — we know some of we on a group perceived them from time to time — meant a world.”

He added, “The best approach to honour my mom is to keep kicking donkey on your stories, creation a competition, readers and sources honour what we news and meaningful what an critical purpose we play as reporters in a community.”

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