Newspaper Consultant Rich Randles Dies at 522

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Rich Randles, a well-known consultant who advised scores of newspapers on how to reach more readers, has died. He was 52.

Randles, who worked for the San Francisco Newspaper Agency before becoming a consultant, died on Wednesday from an embolism after a two-year battle with metastatic melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, his wife Kathy said.

Born and raised in Southern California, Randles got his start in the newspaper business at the San Bernardino Sun and later became a circulation manager at the Coloradoan in Fort Collins and the Marin Independent Journal. From the late 1980s to 1994, he was the metro circulation manager for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner.

Randles then co-founded a consulting firm in Larkspur, Calif., Anderson/Randles & Associates Consulting, and advised newspapers around the country.

“”I think it’s fair to say there are very few newspapers that do not come out under the influence of Rich Randles,”” said Jay Silverberg, who became friends with Randles while both worked at the Independent Journal.

Randles is survived by his wife, mother, sister, two daughters and one grandson.

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