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Chuck Doud, 79

Chuck Doud, 79

DoudCharles P. “Chuck” Doud, editor, publisher and president of The Madera Tribune, a former CNPA Member, died Jan. 6, 2021, after a heart attack. He was 79.

Doud, who had a long career as a publisher and editor of West Coast newspapers, was The Tribune’s editor when the paper came up for sale in 2003. He and investors acquired it and formed Madera Printing and Publishing Company Inc. in 2004.

“We are among the guardians of freedom, the schoolmasters of the people, the makers of markets, the recorders of local history,” Doud said in a 2008 profile for CNPA’s California Publisher newspaper. “We are the permanent record. We provide a free and open forum for the interchange of ideas. We are long-running entertainers. As the old saying goes, it is difficult to have this much fun and get paid for it without having to take our clothes off.”

The Tribune’s staff and contributors have published many remembrances of Doud. One, by columnist Bill Coate, describes Doud’s faith in his community and his craft.