In Memoriam

Marge Apperson, 90

Marge Apperson, former editor-publisher of Southern Siskiyou Newspapers and a former CNPA director, died June 28, 2019, in hospice in Yreka after a short illness. She was 90. Marge and then-husband Orbell Apperson Jr., both Stanford Daily alumni, had acquired the Mount Shasta Herald from Or’s parents in 1950. They acquired The Weed Press in…

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Sandy Schwartz, 83

H.L. “Sandy” Schwartz, an Associated Press reporter who co-authored an exclusive story linking Richard Nixon’s re-election committee to the Watergate break-in, died June 11, 2019, after a long illness, the Pottstown (PA) Mercury reports. He was 83. Schwartz’ 40-year career, from 1959 to 1998, saw him as reporter, news editor and executive, including as editor…

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Dan Barnett, 83

Dan Barnett, a former owner and publisher of the Amador Dispatch, died May 28, 2019, the Ledger Dispatch reports. He was 83. Barnett began as editor of The Dispatch in 1964 and acquired ownership of the company a year later. He worked with Mike Bohl to merge The Dispatch with the Amador Ledger and the…

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Art Kunkin, 91

Art Kunkin, founder and editor of the old Los Angeles Free Press, died April 30, 2019, in Joshua Tree, The Desert Sun in Palm Springs reports. He was 91. Kunkin, who edited the first and largest underground newspaper of its kind, from 1964 through 1972, is credited with helping to mobilize the counterculture. Several former…

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Bob Aguilar, 74

Robert Aguilar, a former advertising executive at several California newspapers, died May 1, 2019, in Lumberton, Texas, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports. He was 74. Aguilar was advertising director at the Record Searchlight in Redding from 2000 to 2004 before becoming publisher in San Angelo. Previously, he had been advertising director for The Salinas Californian…

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Bob Marshall, 84

Bob Marshall, a former county editor and later assistant managing editor at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, died March 28, 2019, the newspaper reports. He was 84. “He was very smart, kind of a bookworm personality, very dedicated to news gathering and ethics,” said his wife, Sally Ann Maas, also a former P-E editor. “Everyone who…

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Joseph Knowland, 88

Joseph Knowland, former editor and publisher of The Oakland Tribune, died March 14, 2019, The Mercury News reports. He was 88. The California Press Association named Joseph Knowland its Newspaper Executive of the Year in 1975. Knowland, a UC Berkeley alum, began as a cub reporter at The Tribune and later trained in every department.…

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Phil Jaffe, 85

Phillip B. Jaffe, a former publisher of Brehm Communications Inc.’s Mountain News in Lake Arrowhead, died Feb. 19, 2019, his family reported. He was 85. Jaffe, whose printing and publishing career spanned more than 40 years, was publisher in Lake Arrowhead from 1983 to 1998. Earlier, he had owned a printing company and was a…

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Rusty Harris, 64

William Russell Harris, a former managing editor at the old Blade-Citizen and North County Times, died Feb. 21, 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He was 64 and had cancer. Harris’ 35-year news career included stints at newspapers in Kansas and Texas. He joined the Blade-Tribune in Oceanside as Business editor in 1987 and later…

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Steve Lawrence, 71

Steve Lawrence, who had been the longest-tenured member of California’s capital press corps when he retired in 2009 after 37 years with the Associated Press, died Feb. 22, 2019, the AP reports. He was 71 and had cancer. “People liked him, the elected officials and staffers, but he was a true wire service reporter —…

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