Rustan Burton was welcomed Tuesday by the Juneau Empire’s staff after being named the new publisher of the Empire last month.
Burton worked at The Anchorage Daily News in 2008 and more recently as advertising director at The Daily Republic in South Dakota.
He replaces temporary publisher Jeff Wilson, who came out of retirement in Georgia to help during the transition.
“I see us as not only an organization that just tells the news,” Burton said, “but one that is a part of the community in a positive way.”
Burton said that what attracted him to a paper in Alaska are the unique and varying issues locals face.
“I think the isolation creates a great opportunity to be a part of people’s lives,” Burton said. “I think that’s a real strength that we have and a real duty that we have to fulfill.”
Burton has also lived in Sitka, where he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Burton attended BYU-Idaho, and is a graduate of Jones Real Estate College. He and his wife Anna have four children: Brenner, Carson, Emma and Abby.
• Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.