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In Memoriam: Fred Zehnder, 87

In Memoriam: Fred Zehnder, 87

Fred Zehnder, editor and publisher of the San Leandro Times and Castro Valley Forum, died June 27, 2021, after being struck by a pickup while walking in Alameda, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He was 87.

Zehnder had a career as a TV news director before founding the San Leandro Times in 1991. He later bought the Castro Valley Forum. For eight years, he held two full-time jobs, one in TV and one in print, the obituary said.

“Fred just liked to do the real work of putting out a newspaper, the nuts and bolts of it,” said Jim Knowles, managing editor of the San Leandro Times. “He wasn’t like the idea that people have of a publisher sitting behind a big desk smoking cigars. He just worked.”