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Veteran NY newsman Donald Forst dies at 81

January 4, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Newsday and Village Voice editor Donald Forst has died at age 81.

Forst's companion Val Haynes said he died Saturday at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany of complications of colon cancer.

Forst worked at more than a dozen newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the New York Post and the Boston Herald.

He was editor in chief of New York Newsday from 1985 to 1995, then held the same position at The Village Voice until 2005.

Forst spent the last seven years teaching journalism at the University at Albany.

Haynes said Forst lived for newspapers. She said that after Forst left the Voice he still got up every morning and designed a front page for a year and a half.



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