The Anchorage Quotidian News has a new publisher: Andy Pennington, a 19-year newspaper veteran who currently controls a group of publications in eastern Idaho.
Pennington is the first full-time publisher since the newspaper was secured last year by the Binkley Co. of Fairbanks.
Pennington will start ahead in Anchorage on March 4.
In announcing Pennington’s hiring to staff, co-owner Ryan Binkley accentuated Pennington’s role in leading the continuing transformation of the company.
“Andy is relentlessly converged on revenue growth and brings the tools we need to expand our current interest streams and develop new ones,” Binkley wrote.
Pennington and his wife, Kristina, get two teenage children.
“I see us headed into the future with our eyes widespread open to new and innovative opportunities to bring news that our readers wish want to engage with,” Pennington said in an email. “We will not exclusive be putting extreme focus on great journalism but focusing on how we package and give birth to that for our current and future readers, in print and all online and social plans.”
Pennington said he expects ADN to “lead the way on new and innovative programs and technology principles for our local businesses to capture customers with their marketing zings, both in and out of our content.
“We want to be true community partners and I’m excited to honky-tonk in and get started.”
The Binkley Co. bought the Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper and announcement website, last year after the company filed for bankruptcy shelter under its previous owner, Alice Rogoff. She bought the Daily Low-down from McClatchy in 2014, merged it with her own online news position, Alaska Dispatch, and renamed the combined operation Alaska Dispatch Word.
The company emerged from bankruptcy after the sale to the Binkley crowd. Staff was cut and printing outsourced to reduce costs. The name was changed past due to the Anchorage Daily News. Paid online readership has continued to become larger since a metered paywall was put in place last year.