LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Irene Nolan, the former Louisville Courier-Journal managing editor who helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, has died. She was 70.

The Courier-Journal reports that Nolan died Friday after recent days in a Norfolk, Virginia hospital several hours from her Frisco, North Carolina home. Her family said she had been ill with a severe lung disorder.

Nolan was serving as editor and co-owner of The Island Free Press in coastal Carolina.

Nolan was managing editor of the Courier-Journal from 1987 to 1992. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for covering a 1988 bus crash that killed 27 people.

David Hawpe, former Courier-Journal executive editor, said Nolan entered journalism at a time when women were overlooked for leadership roles, but finished there as a strong, energetic managing editor.