Empire's managing editor resigns

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Juneau Empire Managing Editor Lori Thomson has resigned from her position to start a family.

Friday will be her last day at the newspaper.

Thomson held the position of managing editor for four and a half years. She also worked as assistant city editor and design editor, and started on staff as a reporter covering natural resources in 1995.

Thomson said Juneau is an ideal place to be a journalist because the community is extremely engaged in all aspects of public life, and so many people are avid readers.

"It's been great to cover the news in a community like this," she said.

Thomson will remain in Juneau, where she and her fiancé, Riley Woodford, are planning to raise a child they are adopting from Vietnam.

Design Editor Michael Plett will be the interim managing editor starting Saturday.

The newspaper is in the process of interviewing candidates, according to Publisher Bob Hale.

Plett has worked at the Empire for five years. He has served as editor of the opinion page and Hooligan, the Empire's weekly entertainment section, and he was appointed to the Empire editorial board in 2007.

He can be reached at 523-2283 or mike.plett@juneauempire.com.

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