In Memoriam

Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies at 57

Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic, died July 21, the paper reported. Gold, 57, died of pancreatic cancer, the paper said. The disease was diagnosed in early July. Gold’s career spanned four decades and the Times credited him with pioneering a different approach to food criticism. His reviews first appeared in…

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Lloyd Thomas, 95

Lloyd Thomas, whose old Westminster Herald was likely the last newspaper in California to switch from lead type to offset printing, died June 10, 2018, at an assisted-living home in Anaheim, The Orange County Register reported. He was 95. Thomas, who published The Herald for more than 70 years, finally switched to offset in 2003.…

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Julia Millon, 27

Julia Millon, a reporter and contributing editor at the Winters Express, died May 28, 2018, in a car accident, The Sacramento Bee reported. She was 27 and was to begin last week as The Express’ managing editor. “Julia’s passing is a terrible loss for the Express and our community,” Publisher Taylor Buley said in a…

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Steve Penna, 59

Steve Penna, a former sales manager at the San Mateo Daily Journal and for the old Independent Newspaper Group, died June 1, 2018, The Daily Journal reports. He was 59. Penna also was founder and publisher of The Spectrum magazine in Redwood City.

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Warren Watson, 67

Warren Watson, a lifelong editor, author and association executive, died May 27, 2018, in Augusta, Maine, the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald reported. He was 67 and had pneumonia and complications related to diabetes. Watson followed a long editorial career with stints as vice president of the American Press Institute; director of J-Ideas, a nonprofit focused on…

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Frank McCulloch, 98

Frank McCulloch, a former reporter and editor at newspapers in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Reno, and a heralded war correspondent for Time magazine, died May 14, 2018, The Press Democrat reported. He was 98.| McCulloch was a formidable editor and a beloved mentor whose career impacted countless journalists and publishers. From the San…

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Brooks Johnson, 70

Brooks Johnson, a publisher in the 1980s of The Sun in San Bernardino and later was a Gannett regional executive, died May 1, 2018, at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., the Arizona Republic reported. He was 70. Johnson, who joined Gannett in 1977 as an advertising director in Indiana, served at newspapers in Illinois…

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Newt Wallace, 98

Memorial plans are pending for Newton Wallace, 1964 CNPA president and former publisher of the Winters Express, who died April 1, 2018, at his home in Winters, The Express reports. He was 98. Wallace was publisher in Winters from 1947 to 1983 and was publisher emeritus and “The World’s Oldest Paper Boy” until recently. “Although…

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Lita Reid, 87

Lita Reid, former managing editor of the Daily Independent in Ridgecrest, died March 4, 2018, in Sacramento, the newspaper reported. She was 87 and had Parkinson’s disease. Reid began in 1972 as a part-time reporter and worked as a reporter before eventually becoming managing editor. She left the paper in 1986.

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Roy Herburger memorial is March 24

A celebration of life event for 1996 CNPA President Roy Herburger will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Roy Herburger Elementary School, 8670 Maranello Drive, Elk Grove, 95624. Herburger, former publisher of the Elk Grove Citizen and the Galt Herald, died March 4 at age 87.

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