Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 4:48 pm in Uncategorized.
I learned Wednesday morning that the person whom I succeeded at this job, Leanne McLaughlin, died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, after suffering an apparent heart attack. She was 59.
She served as editor of the Sun and of the Walnut Creek Journal for about two years, until February 2007, when encephalitis incapacitated her. She returned to work last July, working hard to continue her recovery. Most recently she had been an editor at the Alameda Journal, another Bay Area News Group weekly newspaper.
I most recently saw her at a holiday gathering of the weekly newspaper editors, writers and page designers, held at Back Forty BBQ in Pleasant Hill. She looked good and said she felt good, too. She enjoyed both the journalistic and the community outreach aspects of her job at the Sun, and at the Walnut Creek Journal and, most recently, in Alameda.
The Sun will run a story obituary about her in Friday’s edition.