Empire news editor, reporter switch roles

Hsieh begins editing duties; Marquis takes over city, education reporting

Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Jeremy Hsieh, the Empire's city government and education beat reporter since November, is switching roles with Kim Marquis, who's held various newsroom positions since coming to Juneau in 2007. Marquis' most recent title was deputy managing editor.

Monday, Hsieh and Marquis switched roles. As news editor, Hsieh will orchestrate the Empire's reporting staff and photographers and guide daily story selection. Marquis will take over beat reporting coverage of the Juneau Assembly and the Juneau School Board.

"This was a win-win for our newsroom," Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said. "Jeremy has shown all the tools and talent necessary to become an effective editor, and Kim has already proven herself to be a valuable team member in any and every capacity.

Before moving to Juneau in November, Hsieh, 26, produced award-winning beat coverage of county and state government for The Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, S.C., from 2006 to 2008, was a ninth grade English teacher during the 2005-2006 school year in Pasedena, Md., and earned a bachelor's degree in 2005 from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

He's accumulated years of freelance reporting experience that began in high school with The (Annapolis) Capital and through college progressed to The (Prince George's County, Md.) Gazette and The (Washington, D.C.) Examiner. He has another four years of news editing and reporting experience at The Diamondback, the University of Maryland's daily, 17,000 circulation independent student newspaper.

Kim Marquis has worked as a newspaper journalist since the mid-1990s. She has won various awards for reporting in Colorado and most recently received community recognition for her work on the Empire series, "The Quiet Tragedy" about teenage suicide in Juneau.

She has been involved in newspapering at every level, from owning her own publication to news clerking at a small weekly, her first gig. She most enjoys getting to know people through interviewing, and said she looks forward to further connecting with the Juneau community through her full-time work as a reporter.

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