Former Los Angeles Herald Examiner newsman Donald Forst dies at 81

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Former New York Newsday and Village Voice editor Donald Forst has died. He was 81.

Forst's companion, Val Haynes, says 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 says Forst lived for newspapers. She says after leaving the Voice, Forst still got up every morning and designed a front page for a year and a half for his own amusement.

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