FAIRFIELD — The patriarch of the McNaughton family, owners of the Daily Republic, was inducted Friday into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Dean McNaughton was honored at the 136th annual winter meeting of the California Press Association in San Francisco. His three children – Foy, Burt and Gay – and their families were on hand for the tribute.
Dean McNaughton, whose family had newspaper and radio station holdings in the Midwest, made his first foray into California when he bought the weekly Solano Republican. He quickly upgraded it to a daily newspaper and renamed it the Daily Republic, which launched in January 1961.
McNaughton then purchased the Mountain Democrat in Placerville in 1965 and The Davis Enterprise in 1967. During these years, he remained publisher of the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times as well as overseeing the California properties.
McNaughton Newspapers today include The Winters Express, purchased in 1994; Village Life in El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park Life, purchased in 1997; and the Georgetown Gazette, purchased in 2004.
The papers have remained a family enterprise. Foy is CEO of McNaughton Newspapers and is publisher of the Daily Republic, and Burt is publisher of The Davis Enterprise. Foy’s son, T. Burt McNaughton, was named co-publisher of the Daily Republic in May.
Dean McNaughton died June 3, 2012. He was 89.
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