Owner of black-oriented newspaper dies

January 10, 2009 1:34:07 PM PST
M. Paul Redd, who joined the staff of the black-oriented Westchester County Press during the civil rights era and eventually became its owner and publisher, has died. State Assemblyman George Latimer says Redd died Friday of heart failure at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. He was 80 and lived in Rye.

Redd joined the weekly paper as a writer in 1961, hoping to highlight civil rights issues. Latimer says Redd "stood up with a strong voice when it was not an easy time to do that."

Redd bought the paper in 1986 and remained active in county issues until his death.

He was the father of Westchester County human resources commissioner Paula Redd Zeman, who calls him "a champion of civil rights and equality."

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