She was `fiercely loyal to Laguna'

Community shows an outpouring of support for Coastline Pilot's city editor, who died Wednesday at age of 60.

June 28, 2012|From Staff Reports
  • Cindy Frazier, city editor for the Coastline Pilot, died Wednesday at the age of 60. She had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last year.
Cindy Frazier, city editor for the Coastline Pilot, died… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

Cynthia "Cindy" Frazier, who served as city editor of the Coastline Pilot for nearly eight years, has died. She was 60.

Cindy had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last year. She succumbed to her illness Wednesday morning at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

After working at community newspapers in the Santa Monica area, Cindy joined the Coastline Pilot in January 2005 as city editor, quickly immersing herself in the community.

She placed a strong emphasis on City Hall and arts coverage, and also wrote quirky columns about everything from taking art classes to her small roles on the community theater stage. During her tenure, she led the newspaper staff to numerous California Newspaper Publishers Assn. awards.

"Cindy was fiercely loyal to Laguna Beach," said John Canalis, who supervised Cindy as editor of Times Community News South. "She championed her staff, freelancers and columnists, and took great pride in serving as a community editor. Our entire staff is grieving."



An idyllic suburban childhood

Cindy was born in Westlake, Ohio, on June 15, 1952, according to her sister, Elizabeth "Libby" Root. She grew up in Westlake; Akron, Ohio; and Norwalk, Conn.

"She and our brother and I would play together happily a game of the imagination we called 'horses and men,'" Root recalled by email. "We always played this in our brother's room, scrunching up his chenille rug into a mountain range surrounded by Cindy's ranch with many horses and Lou's homestead, with many Army men with my family living in the mountains."

Their childhood was described as suburban and idyllic.

"She and I loved to play 'traveling Barbies,' wandering around the neighborhood, pretending the Barbie dolls were visiting in a faraway land," Root said.

Cindy graduated from Bennington College in Vermont in 1975 and later studied journalism at Cal State Northridge.


Career in news

Prior to joining to Coastline Pilot, Cindy worked at the Argonaut, which covers communities on the Westside of Los Angeles, the Palisadian-Post in Pacific Palisades, and at the Brentwood Media Group.

"When Cindy arrived, she was a longtime journalist from Santa Monica and really a neophyte when it came to Orange County news, and especially Laguna Beach," said Tony Dodero, who hired her when he edited the community papers for The Times. "But her skills as a journalist were evident from the start as she quickly immersed herself in the town and its issues and produced some compelling and interesting stories."

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