Former UPI writer, publisher to head Empire newsroom

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

Juneau Empire publisher John Winters today named former Colorado newspaper publisher and foreign correspondent Steve Reed as the Empire's new managing editor.

``We conducted an extensive, nationwide search, and Steve's length and range of experience made him the obvious choice,'' Winters said.

Reed, 51, has been United Press International's Moscow bureau chief and served with UPI in Dallas, Houston and London. He was most recently publisher of the Gunnison Country Times in Colorado.

``He's done everything from publishing a weekly to running an international bureau,'' Winters said. ``And there's another, essential element: He's committed to strong community activism.''

Reed replaces Suzanne Downing, who resigned the managing editor position earlier this year to become editorial page editor for the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. The Chronicle is the flagship newspaper of Morris Communications -- owners of the Empire.

``I want the paper to be involved in the community,'' Reed said from his Colorado home this morning. ``I want us to know what is going on in all the neighborhoods and all the schools -- and not just report on the public meetings of government bodies.''

Reed and his wife, Donna, expect to arrive in Juneau at the end of July, he said. He will assume his Empire responsibilities Aug. 1.

Between now and then Reed will be occupied with ``moving chores,'' he said, and will be attending freshman orientation with his son Matthew, 18, who is entering the University of Southern California.

Reed traveled to Juneau for interviews with Winters and Empire staff in June. He was one of seven finalists interviewed, including two from Juneau, four from across the United States and one from Great Britain.

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