1500 AM WFED Federal News Radio's digital content manager, died suddenly after a brief illness Saturday. She was 49 years old.
Kubota, known for her quick wit, her journalistic principles and her love of the weirdness of the world around her, worked at WTOP and Federal News Radio for the better part of 20 years, according to a website posting by Jason Miller, Executive Editor of Federal News Radio. She is survived by her partner Flip Oberdick.
"Suzanne was a caring, loving woman who made this big city news station feel like a hometown," said Lisa Wolfe, Federal News Radio's program director. "We loved her and we'll miss her."
Kubota, who lived in East Berlin, Pa., and made the more than two-hour commute daily, had an impact across both Federal News Radio and WTOP.
Kubota was WFED's self-proclaimed 'webinatrix,' often finding quirky news items to post alongside the more serious federal news stories and audio that she fashioned each morning. The Nearly Useless Factoid was included with every column written by Mike Causey, which gained Kubota fan mail from across the world. She brought cleverness to the Web through her creative headlines and strong editing skills.
She was as talented with the keyboard as she was with PhotoShop to develop eye-popping graphics for FederalNewsRadio.com.
"Suz has been such a big part of FederalNewsRadio.com's success and we will miss her in so many ways. Our website, our Web team, and our office won't be the same without our colleague and our friend," said Julia Ziegler, Federal News Radio's web manager.