Nancy Woodhull, a founding editor of USA Today and a former president of Gannett News Service, died Tuesday. She was 52.

Woodhull reportedly died at home in Rochester after a four-month struggle with lung cancer, according to J. Ford Huffman, managing editor for features, graphics and photography at Gannett News Service.From 1990 until early last year, she was a trustee of the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on First Amendment and media-related issues. A former director of the Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center in New York, she was recently named senior vice president for communications at the Freedom Forum, which is based in Arlington, Va.

An avid supporter of women's rights, Woodhull had served as president of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls and was a founding co-chair, with Betty Friedan, of Women, Men and Media, a national group that monitors how women are covered in the media.