Empire publisher promoted to GM role at Nebraska paper
Morris Communications Corp., today announced the promotion of Juneau Empire Publisher John Winters, 38, to the position of general manager of the Grand Island (Neb.) Independent effective in mid-September.
The Independent is the third largest newspaper in Nebraska with a circulation of about 25,000.
Winters has been publisher of the Empire since May 1995. He has been with Morris Communications for 15 years, having started as a reporter at the Augusta Chronicle in 1985. He also served as chief of the Chronicle's Washington, D.C., bureau beginning in 1992.
Winters announced the new assignment to the Empire staff this morning. He said that several important tasks had been accomplished this year to position the Empire to better serve its readers and community. The paper is installing a new computer system and recently hired a new managing editor, Winters said. Other key personnel decisions will be made before his departure.
"I'm proudest of the entire staff," Winters said. "We have a newsroom staff that I would put up against any in the country. We have developed a strong commitment to community journalism. We have implemented or improved several publications or projects, including the Juneau Guide, the Marine Highway News and Channels. We also have the best Web site in the country."
Winters said he and his wife, Corby, will miss Juneau greatly.
"It's been an honor and a privilege to have served as the Empire's publisher for the last five years. Our child (Caleb, 2) was born here and we made innumerable friends," he said. "I'm also excited about the opportunities in Grand Island and believe that I leave the Empire as a newspaper the community can be proud of."
Jim Currow, vice president of the Metro Newspaper Division for Morris Communications, praised the Winters for the contributions they made to the paper and to Juneau during the past five-plus years.
"Although John's promotion is well-deserved, I know he and Corby will miss and will be missed in the community," said Currow.
Winters' replacement as publisher will be announced in the future. Currow promised the selection will be someone who "will fit in well in the community."
Besides the Empire, Morris Communications' Alaska properties include Alaska magazine, The Milepost, The Peninsula Clarion and The Homer News. Morris, based in Augusta, Ga., also owns numerous daily and weekly newspapers as well as magazines in other states.