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KRON, KPIX news editor Alex Johnson dies

Alex Jonsson, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning news editor who worked at KRON and KPIX, has died of cancer. He was 70.

Born in Los Angeles, Jonsson moved to San Mateo in 1955 and graduated from San Mateo High and Cal State Hayward.

He worked as a news editor for KRON from 1967 to his retirement in 2005, then continued to work at KPIX until January of this year. During his career he won six local Emmy awards, one national Emmy and two Peabody awards.

He was shop steward and chairman/trustee of the health and welfare plan for the Local 45 Union. He died Oct. 9 at his home in Redwood City.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Virginia; his sons, Charlie (Tiffany) and Tom; two grandchildren; and his brother, Stanley (Yvette), and his children.

Jonsson wished to be cremated and have no funeral. There will be a celebration of his life after the holidays in 2012. Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society in his memory.

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