The McClatchy Company
Anchorage Daily News
1001 Northway Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508


The Paper

Motto/Mission Statement: To be Alaska's best source of news and information, enhancing the lives of Alaskans.

Founded: The paper's first publisher was Norman Brown. On Jan. 13, 1946, Volume 1, Number 1 of his weekly Anchorage News rolled off a Linotype hand-fed press from type set by hand. The first edition was 16 tabloid-sized pages, which were sold on newsstands and distributed through the post office. There was no home delivery. In May 1948, the News went from weekly to six days a week.

On April 13, 1964, the Daily News converted from afternoon to morning delivery. The switchover came only two weeks after the Good Friday Earthquake. The next year -- on June 13 -- the Daily News began publishing Alaska's first Sunday newspaper.

In January 1979, McClatchy Newspapers acquired 80 percent ownership of the Daily News. And in February, McClatchy purchased a $1.1 million building complex on Potter Drive to house the Daily News.

In June 1986, the Daily News operation moved into its new, $30 million building at 1001 Northway Drive. The facility included a new Goss Headliner press, a new computer system and room for more than 400 employees.

Downtown Anchorage on a sunny March day on the edge of Cook Inlet with the Chugach Mountains in the background.

Key Executives:
Pat Doyle, President & Publisher
Patrick Dougherty, Senior Vice President & Editor
Steven Sauder, Vice President, Advertising
Ken Carter, Director of Operations
Roger Weinfurter, Circulation Director
Kara Ridenour, Human Resources Manager

General Hiring Contact: or Human Resources Manager Kara Ridenour: 907-257-4586, fax 907-257-4472, or e-mail

Market: Anchorage residents tend to have higher incomes than their counterparts in the lower 48 markets. The median family income in Anchorage is $85,682. By comparison, the median income in Lower 48 markets is $72,585. In Anchorage, one third of all adults have a college degree.

Newspaper Designated Market: Anchorage, Mat-Su valleys, Kenai Peninsula and Cordova-Valdez census area.

Customers: The Anchorage Daily News reaches 68% of Southcentral Alaska residents daily, and 73% Sunday.

Site: The Anchorage Daily News building is located at 1001 Northway Drive in Anchorage; 4851 E Lupine Road (Mat-Su); 36251 Kenai Spur Hwy, #A (Soldotna)

Total Readership: Daily 221,800 and Sunday 63,851

Circulation: Daily 57,622 and Sunday 71,233

Wild iris bloom at the Eklutna Flats along the scenic Glenn Highway, which runs from the coast in Anchorage to Alaska's interior.

Size: Averages 28 pages daily; 52 pages Sunday

Production: Headliner offfset

Color: Print in process inks Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (CMYK). 144 pages with 40 pages of spot color or 80 pages with 32 pages of full process and 8 pages of spot color. Extensive use of spot color.


Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors: 14.4 million views/month; 2 million unique visitors

Employees: 203

Newsroom Staff: 45
Top Editors: 3
Local News Reporters and Editors: 15
Business Reporters: 1
Features/Entertainment/Arts: 3
Copy Desk/Design: 15
Sports/Outdoors: 4

Bureaus: Mat-Su and Washington D.C.

The annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race covers 1,500 miles of harsh but spectacular terrain.
Major Awards: The Anchorage Daily News has the distinction of winning two Pulitzer Prizes for public service. The first one was in 1976 for a series called "Empire – The Alaska Teamster Story," which explored the impact of the Teamsters on the development of Alaska. The second one was in 1989 for a series called "A People in Peril," which investigated the social changes affecting Alaska natives.

In 1995, the Daily News was recognized by the Society of Newspaper Design with 50 awards, placing it third in the world. Other awards included a national first-place for science coverage and an Associated Press Sports Editors' award for best special section.

In 2008, the Daily News was presented with the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing.

Community Involvement: The Daily News sponsors numerous organizations, including United Way, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Aces, Mat-Su Miners, Junior Achievement, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Fur Rondy, Anchorage Museum and many more. The Daily News employees also volunteer many hours to the Chamber Citywide clean up, Military Appreciation Picnic and United Way Day of Caring.

Major Advertisers: Cal Worthington; Prudential Vista; Fred Meyer; Sadler's Furniture; Carrs; State of Alaska; Lithia; Alaska Sales & Service; Northern Trust Real Estate; Nye Frontier Toyota; Gottschalks; Continental Motors; General Communications Inc (GCI); Alaska Communication Systems (ACS); JC Penney; Spenard Builders Supply; Dynamic Properties; Home Depot; Alaska USA FCU; Valassis Inserts, Inc.; Best Buy; Kohl's and Lowe's.

Creative Ventures: Annual moose calendar, Visitors' Guide and 61 degrees N magazine.

Special Publications: Neighborhood Values, AK Auto Saver, HomeFinder magazine, House to Home, Play (weekly entertainment guide)

Well-known Newsroom Personalities: Editor Patrick Dougherty; metro columnist Julia O'Malley; sports columnist Doyle Woody

The Community

The Anchorage skyline reflects off the surface of the Cook Inlet after sunset on a October evening.

Market: The Anchorage Daily News is the leading newspaper in the largest state in the union. Its primary market area is Anchorage, where roughly 291,000 of Alaska's 692,000 inhabitants live, but it is distributed widely throughout the state. The newspaper's website,, is the state's leading online news source. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is the state's center of commerce. The Port of Anchorage, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and the Alaska Railroad combine to make Anchorage the primary cargo distributor in the state. More than 12,000 military personnel are stationed at Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base. Anchorage is gradually becoming less industrialized and is broadening its economic landscape with more retail trade and a larger tourism service sector.

Location: Anchorage sits in Southcentral Alaska between Cook Inlet – the junction of Knik and Turnagain Arms – and the wilderness of the Chugach Mountains. The municipality covers 1,955 square miles, about the size of Delaware. One of America's most livable cities, Anchorage is located in one of the world's most spectacular settings and prides itself on being an all-season gateway to adventure and natural beauty. Anchorage is located at the hub of the world's strongest economies. The thriving community, with its extraordinary and unique quality of life, lies on the most direct air route from San Francisco to Tokyo and is nearly equidistant from Japan, New York and the capitals of Europe. It is understandable why its airport is one of the busiest cargo airports in the entire country. Locations such as Seward (127 miles), Denali National Park (237 miles) and Fairbanks (357 miles) are popular to visit.

Transportation: Cars and RVs can be rented in Anchorage and driven to highway-accessible locations around the state. The Seward highway, the main highway south to the Kenai Peninsula, traces the shores of Turnagain Arm. The Parks Highway, heading north, slips through the Alaska Range and passes Denali National Park on the way to Fairbanks. The Glenn Highway follows the Matanuska River Valley. Alaska Airlines offers the only jet service to cities beyond Anchorage. Propeller planes ferry commuters and other passengers to and from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and regional hubs. Bush planes (single-engine planes equipped with wheels, floats or skis) are popular on adventure vacations. They take sightseers, wildlife viewers, anglers and hunters to remote areas where runways may be a river bar, a lake or a glacier. The Alaska Railroad, based in Anchorage, has two main trains: The Coastal Classic carries passengers between Anchorage, Girdwood and Seward. The Denali Star connects Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Fairbanks.

In 2010, the Anchorage Museum celebrated more than 10 years and nearly $110 million in upgrades and expansion, which included the new Imaginarium Disocery Center and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.
City Population:
Anchorage: 291,000
Mat-Su: 84,000
Kenai/Soldotna: 54,000

City Households:
Anchorage: 103,856

Median Age: 33.4

Median Family Household Income: $85,682

Population Growth Rate: 7.3% between 2000 and 2008. Average annual population growth rate is .92%.

Anchorage Ethnic Makeup:
72.2% Caucasian
8.1% American Indian and Alaska Native
8.1% Asian
5.8% African American
5.7% Latino
4.8% 2 or more races
1.2% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

The University of Alaska Anchorage honored 2,237 graduates in the Class of 2010 during its commencement ceremonies in May.
Anchorage Education:
Percentage of residents with high school education or higher: 98.1%
Percentage of residents with bachelor's degree or higher: 32.4%

Average Home Price: $328,000 for a single-family home

Mean Rent: $867 for a one bedroom, $1,020 for two bedrooms

Climate: Anchorage's climate is milder than many visitors expect. Spring arrives in May. Summers are pleasant, with highs reaching the 70s. August and September bring rain, and snow comes in October. The longest day is 19.5 hours, and the shortest is 5.5 hours.

Hundreds of young people from across Alaska gather in Anchorage each year for the Native Youth Olympics in which they demonstrate their skills in traditional native games.

Major Employers/Industries: State of Alaska; Providence Health Systems AK; Safeway Stores/Carrs; Walmart/Sam's Club; Fred Meyer; Alaska Airlines; Conoco Phillips; BP Exploration; General Communications Inc (GCI); NANA Management Services; and Trident Seafoods

Major Retailers: Nordstrom; JCPenney; GAP; Old Navy; Sears; WalMart; BestBuy; Michaels; Sports Authority; REI; Fred Meyers

Higher Learning: University of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University, Wayland Baptist University and Charter College

Arts & Culture: Anchorage Opera; Anchorage Symphony; Anchorage Concert Association; Anchorage Museum of History and Art; Alaska Native Heritage Center

Sports: Alaska Aces hockey team (2006 Kelly Cup champions); Seawolves (University of Alaska Anchorage)

Major Annual Events: Fur Rendezvous in mid- to late February and the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in early March.

Tourist Attractions: Alaska Botanical Garden; Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum; Alaska Native Heritage Center; Alaska Zoo; Earthquake Park; Anchorage Museum of History and Art; Imaginarium Science Discovery Center; and the 4th Avenue Theatre.

Nightlife: Bear tooth Theatre Pub; Chilkoot Charlie's; Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse. (Restaurants) Orso; Glacier BrewHouse; Sacks Café; Jen's; Southside Bistro; Kincaid Grill; Simon & Seaforts; Peanut Farm; Crow's Nest; Lone Star; Outback Steakhouse; Sullivan's Steakhouse; Snow Goose and many more.

Anchorage offers a diversity of outdoor activities. The Turnagain Arm Trail inside of Chugach State Park is a popular hiking destination and hosts an annual, 8-mile trail run.
Recreation: Anchorage offers a wide range of activities in all seasons.  In early summer it's possible to catch a 25- to 50- pound king salmon in Ship Creek in the middle of downtown.  In winter, residents can cross-country ski along well-groomed trails or downhill ski in south Anchorage. Chosen from 100 competing cities and counties nationwide, Anchorage was honored in 1996 by the American Hiking Society as the runner-up for the first "Trail Town, U.S.A. Award."  Anchorage has a network of 259 miles of hiking, biking, skiing and dog-mushing trails.

Claim to Fame: Alaska is a geographical marvel. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the lower 48 states, Alaska reaches from west coast to east.

Famous Residents: (Sports) Rosey Fletcher, formerly of Girdwood, World Cup and Olympic bronze medalist snowboarder; Scott Gomez, Anchorage, Montreal Canadiens player; Norman Vaughan, Anchorage, member of Byrd Antarctic expedition 1928-30, sled-dog handler at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher. (Arts) Sydney Laurence, painter; Byron Birdsall, painter.

Trivia: Anchorage has the most coffee shops per capita: nearly three coffee shops per 10,000 people, followed by the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett region, which has 2.5 shops per 10,000 people.

Area Information:

Recent Issues of the Newspaper: Articles and photo reprints are available for a fee by calling 907-257-4429. Limited back issues of the paper are available through the circulation department at 866-528-0236.

(This profile was last updated on Dec. 20, 2010)


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