Fred Weybret, former publisher of the Lodi News-Sentinel and CNPA’s president in 1973, died July 7, 2020, The News-Sentinel reports. He was 96.
Weybret’s family owned the Lodi operation from 1959 to 2015. Prior to Lodi, Fred and his father had owned the Evening Observer in La Grande, Ore., and Fred had owned and managed the Paso Robles Daily Press.
Weybret was publisher in Lodi until son Marty took over in 1998. He then was chairman and publisher emeritus until the family sold the company to Central Valley News-Sentinel, Inc.
Weybret received the Cal Press Justus F. Craemer Newspaper Executive of the Year Award in 1985 and its Philip N. McCombs Achievement Award in 2004.
“Fred Weybret was a business owner, but first and foremost he was a local newspaperman,” current News-Sentinel Editor Scott Howell said. “He lived in the community he served, he invested in the community he served, he gave back to the community he served. The newspaper industry could use more Fred Weybrets.”