COSTA MESA — Bob Weed, who served as Daily Pilot publisher during a 20-year span that resulted in several newspaper awards, has died.
Weed died Saturday of natural causes in San Luis Obispo County, family members said. He was 92.
A newspaperman from the beginning, Weed had a long career in journalism that ended with a two-decade stretch at the helm of the Daily Pilot.
"He always had the ink in his blood," said his wife, Marjorie Weed, 91, in a phone interview.
Weed worked at the Pilot from 1964 to 1984, when it was an afternoon daily with more than half a dozen editions ranging from San Clemente and Irvine to Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley.
During Weed's time, the paper covered the founding of UC Irvine, a controversial California Department of Transportation proposal to build a freeway on Coast Highway, and the battle to unify the local school districts, said former Managing Editor Chuck Loos.