Empire hires new city editor

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Larry Gerber began Monday as city editor for the Juneau Empire.

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He replaces Brandon Loomis, who became a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News.

Gerber, 60, has worked in journalism for nearly 40 years. He recently returned from Romania, where he taught and consulted with reporters and editors as part of a Knight International Press Fellowship.

Gerber spent 23 years with The Associated Press as a reporter, editor and bureau chief. He worked in Europe during the 1980s and reported extensively from communist Eastern Europe while based in Vienna, Austria.

He also served as the agency's chief of Nordic Services, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and as assistant bureau chief for news in Los Angeles.

Gerber said he moved to Juneau and the Empire largely because of the people he met during the interview process.

"I really liked the folks here," he said. "Everyone was warm and welcoming - not just the staff but people in general. It seemed like it would be a fun place to live as well as an interesting news town."

Gerber said he was passionate about the English language and about good writing.

"That's the first area where I'd like to try to contribute," he said.

Lori Thomson, managing editor at the Empire, said Gerber is a unique person who fits well with other staff members.

"He's a veteran newsman, who really knows this business," she said. "He seemed like an ideal fit because he likes to live in interesting places and he really enjoys working with reporters."

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