“I have a passion for newspapers and I am excited to be a part of an industry that is changing in so many dynamic ways. I am looking forward to meeting the people in Juneau and finding new ways to promote the community.”
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Southeastern Newspapers Corp., the predecessor of Morris Communications Co., bought the five-day-a-week Southeast Alaska Empire in Alaska’s capital city in March 1969.
The newspaper then had 14 full-time and six part-time employees.
When Jeff Wilson (later publisher) moved from Augusta, Ga., to become advertising director in April of 1975, he found typesetters wearing hard hats for fear of the ceiling falling in and large rats (2-feet-long) in the composing room.
Under his guidance as general manager and publisher, the rats were evicted and the newspaper became a daily and renamed the Juneau Empire.
Also in early 1987 the newspaper moved into a modern, three-story building that became the first Morris building constructed from the ground-up.