Doug Ernst, 64

Doug Ernst
Doug Ernst

Doug Ernst, former editor of the Napa Valley Register and publisher of the St. Helena Star and The Weekly Calistogan, died Dec. 11, 2018, after a short battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), The Register reported. He was 64.

Ernst served a total of 33 years in Napa Valley journalism. The San Jose State alum was a reporter for The Register from 1978 until 1988, then became city editor, editor and served as executive editor from 2000 to 2004.

He was editor/publisher of the St. Helena Star and publisher of The Weekly Calistogan from 2004 to 2011, when his job was eliminated. Ernst went on to form a public relations firm and more recently had been the public information officer for Napa Valley College.