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Donald Forst dies at 81; newsman led N.Y. Newsday and Village Voice
Donald Forst dies at 81; newsman led N.Y. Newsday and Village Voice

Donald Forst, a veteran newsman who led New York Newsday and the Village Voice as they won Pulitzer Prizes and also helped resuscitate the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died Saturday in Albany, N.Y. He was 81. He had colon cancer, said his companion, Val Haynes. Forst's journalism career started in the mid-1950s and included stints as cultural editor of the New York Times, assistant city editor of the New York Post and editor in chief of the Boston Herald. He also worked at more than a dozen other publications, including the Houston Press, Boston magazine and the New York Herald Tribune. He was best known for the decade he spent as editor in chief at New York Newsday, where he...

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