Charles L. Westmoreland has been named managing editor of the Juneau Empire, Director of Audience Abby Lowell announced Thursday. Westmoreland previously held the same position with the Empire from 2009-2010, and its sister paper, the Capital City Weekly, in 2008.
“It’s my pleasure to welcome Charles back to our team as managing editor,” Lowell said. “He brings a keen knowledge of the issues important to our readership and valuable experience leading our newsroom.”
Westmoreland, 34, spent a short time running his own business after leaving the Empire and in 2011 shifted focus to being a stay-at-home parent and writer. He returned to the Empire on Oct. 8 as its interim managing editor.
“Being back with the Empire and the brilliant people who work here feels right,” he said. “The paper has a talented, enthusiastic staff and I’m excited about the direction the newspaper is heading. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to serving Juneau and doing my part to make sure our city has a capital daily it can both rely on and be proud of.”
Prior to coming to Alaska, Westmoreland served as managing editor of several large, weekly newspapers in and around Louisville, Ky., where he studied English at the University of Louisville and also served as editor-in-chief of its student newspaper.
Westmoreland’s career in journalism began in 1999 as a photojournalist and print section chief with the U.S. Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. After receiving an honorable discharge in 2002, he served three more years with the Kentucky National Guard’s 133rd Public Affairs Detachment in a similar capacity.
He and his partner, Eldri, together have three boys: Jaden, Karsten and Billy. Together they share a home in the Mendenhall valley with their golden retriever, cat and four chickens.