Reporter-Editor-Publisher John Scott Peters Dies at 66

By: E&P Staff

Longtime California journalist John Scott Peters died last Thursday at age 66, according to an account in The Modesto Bee, where Peters served as a reporter and editor for 30 years.

Moving from Southern California to work at the Merced Sun-Star in 1964, Peters joined the Bee’s Sonora bureau two years later, then worked out of Modesto as the paper’s farm editor before rising to news editor. He left the Bee to take the position of managing editor for the Tracy Press and the Calaveras Enterprise, moved to The Stockton Record as editor, and became publisher of the Scotts Valley & San Lorenzo Valley Press-Banner. The Bee reported that Peters worked as a newspaper consultant until receiving a kidney cancer diagnosis last year.

While in Modesto, Peters helped establish a child abuse prevention agency, served as president of the board of the Stanislaus County Humane Society, and volunteered the Stanislaus Community Assistance Project and Interfaith Ministries.

Peters is survived by his wife, Lauren Peters of Sacramento, three daughters, three grandchildren, and two brothers.

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