Two Empire journalists take on new roles

Two Empire journalists take on new roles

Two of the Juneau Empire’s senior journalists have accepted new roles with the newspaper.

As of Jan. 12, managing editor Charles Westmoreland assumed duties as the Empire’s director of audience. Abby Lowell previously served in the position until her departure Nov. 30 when she accepted a position as an education and outreach specialist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Westmoreland will now oversee web and digital operations in addition to overall newsroom operations.

Emily Russo Miller, who has been with the Empire for five years as its cops and courts reporter, during which time she was the newsroom’s most decorated reporter, will lead the Empire’s reporting team as deputy editor.

Westmoreland first served as managing editor of the Empire from 2009-2010, and returned to the role in 2013. He first came to Juneau as managing editor of the Capital City Weekly and news editor of the Empire in 2008. Prior to that he spent five years in the U.S. Army as a photojournalist and several years editing large weekly newspapers in Louisville, Kentucky, and nearby areas.

Miller, a native of York, Pa., joined the Juneau Empire in 2011 from the Roswell Daily Record in New Mexico. She has a bachelors degree in political science from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in media outlets on both the East and West Coasts, and she has previously worked for the World Policy Journal in New York City, a media watchdog group in Washington, D.C. and the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP, also in Washington, D.C.

Two Empire journalists take on new roles

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