Fred Donaldson

Bio: Born a block from K & A in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, I attended Conwell Elementary (renowned for its concrete playground and daily bruises), Beth Jacob Junior High in Strawberry Mansion, then Central High at Ogontz and Olney, the only high school in the country to award a B.A. In 1959 I started as a copyboy at the Evening and Sunday Bulletin, which boasted nearly 800,000 daily circulation, and moved up to head copyboy, comics editor, weekly tv listing editor, and in 1964, news rewrite and feature writer. In 1965 I moved to Intercounty Publishing as editor of the Valley Forge Sentinel and Conshohocken Recorder, promoted to Senior Vice President of the newspaper group in 1972, published the West Oak Lane Leader from 1975 to 1993, when I became president and CEO of the then 18-newspaper group. From 2000 to 2004 I managed the News Gleaner publishing group, and then ended my career with a stint as publisher of The Phoenix daily in Phoenixville, PA. Served as treasurer of Philadelphia BJE and vice president of Mid Atlantic Region USCJ. Married to Linda Kirby, who volunteers her efforts and intelligence to nearly any non-profit that contacts her, I boast four offspring - all successful in various fields - Adam, Noah, Jane and Ben.

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