Empire hires new managing editor

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011

There’s some new blood in Juneau’s news game. John R. Moses has become the new managing editor for the Juneau Empire, carrying a long journalism history in tow.

Moses has worked with publications of varying circulations in Alaska and California. He feels that the best ones are those that focus on local issues and news the readers can identify with. He said this is something that has been well demonstrated here and is something he will continue.

“I want to continue the Juneau Empire’s tradition of great journalism and help the paper expand and grow in a changing media market,” he said.

Moses has just arrived in Juneau from Talkeetna, where he has spent the last three years publishing and editing the Alaska Pioneer Press, a community newspaper that started in 2007 as a news website, then began printing monthly a year later. The paper was written and edited by volunteers and used volunteer contributions.

Before that, Moses was the senior reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

Moses was managing editor of the Benicia Herald for nine years in Benicia, Calif. The daily paper had a circulation of 10,000. He also spent six years as senior editor of Independent Newspaper Group publications in San Francisco and nearby Peninsula cities.

“I’m very excited to have John join our news team,” said Juneau Empire Publisher Mark Bryan. “He has a proven record as an editor and his passion for community journalism makes for a great fit for Juneau and the Empire. His small business experiences in Alaska as proprietor of his own newspaper, a laundromat and a bed and breakfast has provided John with a perspective and depth not often found in the editor’s chair. Under John’s leadership, I’m looking forward to some very promising improvements to your Empire. Please join me in welcoming John to our community.”

Moses said his career aspiration started at a young age. He said his family was adamant about reading the daily paper, receiving as many as four newspapers.

“I pretty much learned to read by reading newspapers with my Dad,” he said.

He later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University, plus an associate’s degree in journalism from Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif.

Moses said that even when his family was down south, a move to Alaska had been on his radar for 10 years, and his family agreed.

“When I set foot in Alaska, I knew it was the place I wanted to live,” he said, adding, “My wife felt the same way the first time she visited.” His daughter, Genna, even wanted to attend high school in Talkeetna instead of in California.

The Moses family was able to make the permanent move to the 49th state in 2006, originally to operate a bed and breakfast before Moses went back to his journalism roots.

Moses moved to Juneau and his wife, Gale Armstrong Moses, will arrive in February. His daughter attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks, intent on going into nursing.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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