New Juneau Empire publisher named

22-year newspaper veteran has experience at Anchorage Times, Anchorage Daily News

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2009

Mark Bryan has been named the new publisher of the Juneau Empire after five years as publisher of the Newport News-Times in Newport, Ore.

He will be replacing temporary publisher Jeff Wilson, who came out of retirement in Georgia to help in the interim.

This will be Bryan's second time living in Alaska. He spent time at the Anchorage Times and Anchorage Daily News in circulation management.

A 22-year newspaper industry veteran and graduate of the University of Idaho at Moscow, Bryan has also managed circulation departments for The Daily News in Longview, Wash., the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne, Wyo., and the Lewiston Morning Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho.

"Mark is a very accomplished newspaper executive and manager," said Jim C. Currow, executive vice president of newspapers for the Morris Publishing Group, the Georgia-based parent company of the Empire. "As a former newspaper publisher, he knows the role that a newspaper must play in helping a community thrive and prosper.

"Mark has spent an incredible amount of time studying Juneau, talking to advertisers and readers and generally learning all that he can about the city, its people, its challenges and its opportunities."

He will be joined in Juneau by his wife, Lori, and 17-year-old son James. His 24-year old daughter, Sara, lives and works in Oregon, as does his 23-year-old son, Adam, who will be graduating Oregon State this December.

Having previously lived in Alaska, Bryan said he has genuine love for the state as it provides him the things he enjoys. He has a passion for hunting, fishing and being outdoors, as well as golfing, traveling and dining out.

"I'm excited to be here," he said. "The opportunity to come back to Alaska has always been weighing in my mind. We've had experiences throughout the Northwest in different places, and I've always had a fondness for this place in my heart."

Having lived in a similarly-sized community in Oregon, Bryan said he looks forward to being involved in the community and the overall improvement of the Juneau Empire.

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