Leong takes reins as Homer News publisher

  • By — Staff report
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:32am
  • NewsBusiness
Joseph Leong

Joseph Leong

The Homer News has a new publisher.

Joseph Leong has been named Senior Group Publisher for GateHouse Media Alaska Holdings, Inc. Leong will oversee operations at the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, the Homer News, as well as the Juneau Empire and the Capital City Weekly in Juneau.

Leong has served the media industry for 30 years in various management capacities including advertising sales, marketing, packaging, and circulation in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and New Mexico.

Most recently, Leong has been a consultant for GateHouse and Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer at the Albuquerque Journal.

“I am thrilled to embrace the community and culture of the state of Alaska, especially in the markets we serve. I look forward to meeting with members of the community to better understand how we can serve our audiences,” said Leong.

“I’m excited to welcome Joe to the GateHouse family and know his diverse experience will be great in our Alaska markets,” said Jason Taylor, President of Western U.S. Publishing Operations for GateHouse Media.

Leong follows Deedie McKenzie, who is leaving to be close to family in North Carolina. McKenzie will continue working with GateHouse as a consultant on special projects.

Taylor thanked McKenzie for her contributions to the Clarion since she stepped into the role in 2015.

“Deedie has a true passion for Alaska. The financial results, as well as projects like the History book we are doing in Juneau and Kenai, are a testament to her passion and commitment to Alaska and our newspapers,” Taylor said.

GateHouse Media is a division of New Media Investment Group, a publicly traded company (NEWM) on the New York Stock Exchange. It is one of the largest newspaper companies in the country, owning more than 130 daily newspapers and more than 500 non-daily publications across the United States.

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