JUNEAU (AP) -- John Winters, the publisher of the Juneau Empire, has been named general manager of the Grand Island (Neb.) Independent.
Morris Communications Corp., which owns both papers, announced the appointment Monday. Winters has been publisher of the Empire since May 1995. He joined Morris as a reporter at its flagship, the Augusta Chronicle, in 1985 and later served as the paper's Washington bureau chief.
The Independent is the third largest newspaper in Nebraska with a circulation of about 25,000.
During Winters' tenure at the Empire, the paper launched a Web site and several special publications, including the Juneau Guide and the Southeast Empire.
The paper recently hired a new managing editor, and Winters said other key personnel decisions will be made before he leaves.
Winters said he and his wife, Corby, will miss Juneau greatly.
Winters' replacement will be announced in the future, said Jim Currow, vice president of the Metro Newspaper Division for Morris Communications.
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.
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