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Brian Naplachowski named GM of the Juneau Empire

Brian Naplachowski has been named the new General Manager of the Juneau Empire.

The announcement was made Monday by Deedie McKenzie, Group Publisher of Alaska Media Partners.

“Brian’s passion for the community and knowledge of the industry make him a great fit for the position,” McKenzie said. “Brian will be a great leader for moving the Empire’s vision forward.”

Naplachowski is currently the Circulation Director for the Empire, and has worked at the Empire for a total of five years. He will assume his new responsibilities immediately.


AUGUSTA, Ga. – January 3, 2017:  Rustan Burton, publisher of the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly in Juneau, Alaska has stepped down to accept another job in the Midwest.  The announcement was made by Deedie McKenzie, group publisher of Alaska Media Partners.

“Rustan has been a wonderful leader and publisher,” said McKenzie. “We wish him well.”

Burton moved to Juneau in 2013 taking over the role as publisher.  Before working for Morris, Burton held various positions with Forum Communications and The Anchorage Daily News.

The Log Cabin Democrat Publisher Jeff Hartley Steps Down

August 17, 2016 – Jeff Hartley, publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat, has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.   The announcement was made by Derek May, president of Morris Publishing Group.
“I feel fortunate to have worked with Jeff over the past years.  We wish him the best of success in his future endeavors,” said May.

Peninsula Clarion Publisher Vitto Kleinschmidt steps down

AUGUSTA, Ga. – December 18, 2015:  Vitto Kleinschmidt, publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska has stepped down to pursue other opportunities. The announcement was made by Les Simpson, group publisher of Morris Publishing Group.

“We appreciate Vitto’s contribution to our Alaska markets and his leadership at the Clarion,” said Simpson. “We wish him well.”

Online Athens: New Morris CEO sees company growth in digital and print media

Morris Communications executives plan not only to continue the company’s rapid growth in digital media, but to expand its print offerings as well. 

The Augusta-based company’s big growth is going to be in mobile applications, however, said new Morris CEO William S. (Will) Morris IV.

“Mobile is something I am very, very interested in,” said Morris, speaking to employees at the Athens Banner-Herald Friday.  Read more>>

Morris Media Network Equine Group Receives Multiple Awards for Achievements in Equine Publishing

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 23 —Morris Media Network Equine Group (MMN Equine Group) publications were recognized June 20, 2015, for outstanding work in equine publishing at the annual American Horse Publications seminar and awards banquet in San Antonio, Texas. Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News, Equine Journal, Barrel Horse News and were honored with 29 coveted AHP awards.

Morris Journalism Excellence Awards 2015

Congratulations to all the recipients of the tenth annual Morris Journalism Excellence Awards, a celebration of enduring stars across the company.

Each award winner will receive $500 and a glass trophy, to be presented in local ceremonies.

Winner: Staff, Savannah Morning News - Port warehouse rubber fire darkens city skies

Honorable Mentions
Staff, Augusta Chronicle - The Master's 

Staff, Florida Times-Union - VAM: Value Added Measures of teacher performance

Savannah Morning News' Laura Ray Named E&P's 25 Under 35

Savannah Morning News' digital media sales director, Laura Ray has been named one of Editor & Publisher's 25 Under 35. Each year E&P honors the next generation of media professionals that possess the multitude of skills needed in the evolving media space. 

Tony Bernados, vice president of sales for the Savannah Morning News says, “Laura demonstrates superior organizational skills and an impeccable, deep understanding of digital advertising.  It truly is a luxury to have so much confidence in the person that occupies such a critical and essential role for our company.” 

Florida Times-Union Editorial Staff Members Awarded Top Honors in SNPA's Carmage Walls Commentary Prize Competition


This morning, several editorial staff members from the Florida Times-Union took home first-place honors in the "over 50,000" circulation category of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Assocation (SNPA) Carmage Walls Commentary Prize competition.

Members of the first-place Times-Union team included Mike Clark, Roger Brown, Wayne Ezell and Ron Littlepage.

Leschper retiring from Morris Communications

Lee Leschper, a long-time Alaska advertising executive, is retiring from his role as regional vice president of Morris Media Network, Alaska.  During his tenure at MMN Alaska, Leschper was responsible for overseeing operations for the Morris magazines and newspapers based in Anchorage, including Alaska Magazine, The Milepost and the Alaska Journal of Commerce.  He had previously served as corporate vice president of classified advertising for all Morris Publishing Group newspapers, as well as vice president of advertising for the Anchorage Daily News.