Juneau Empire welcomes new staff members

The Juneau Empire recently brought in some new faces to its news and business departments.


Rustan Burton is the Empire’s new publisher, heading up both news and business sides of the paper. In the past, he’s worked on the business side of newspapers in Anchorage and South Dakota. He said he wants to continue to create a news source that is part of Juneauites’ daily lives and conversations.

Abby Lowell, who has worked at the newspaper in different capacities since 2007, recently became the director of audience, a position focused on making sure the newspaper is of high value to readers.

“I love Juneau,” Lowell said. “And, I’m excited at the opportunity to play an active role in helping to ensure the Juneau Empire is a relevant, meaningful and valued product for not only Juneau residents, but also all those in the Southeast region.”

Katie Moritz is the Empire’s general assignment reporter. She started at the paper a month ago after covering education for dailies in Missouri and Virginia. She said she loves Juneau and the people she’s met reporting on stories so far.

Matt Woolbright is heading to Juneau from Texas to become the Empire’s new city and schools reporter. He said he’s excited to join the staff in Alaska. He’ll start the job in late August.

Kathryn Nickerson moved up the ranks to become the advertising manager. Nickerson was previously an advertising salesperson with the Empire.

Dean Francisco recently returned to the Empire as production manager after a short hiatus. He held the position previously.

Shane Levitt is the Empire’s new business manager.

Matt Wilkinson and Katie Bode were recently hired as graphic artists in the advertising department.


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