Vernon Spitaleri, editor and publisher of the Laguna News Post, died in January, the Daily Pilot reported. He was 94.
Spitaleri operated The News Post, a combination of the South Coast News and Laguna Post, from 1967 to 1981. He also had held top-level jobs with the American Newspaper Publishers Association (Now Newspaper Association of America) and Knight Ridder.
Spitaleri was founding director and president of Suburban Newspapers of America (now Local Media Association).