Andy Pennington has been named the new publisher of the Anchorage Daily News, a position he will start on March 4. Pennington currently is the publisher of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, and also oversees other publications in the region owned by the Pioneer News Group, including the Idaho Falls Post Register; Pioneer News Group was sold to Adams Publishing Group in October.

At the Post Register, Pennington replaced Roger Plothow, who had been Post Register publisher since 2002; Plothow was named the president of Adams Publishing Group’s Signature Events, a new division focused on planning policy-based events throughout Idaho and other western states. Family-owned Adams Publishing Group bought the Post Register in 2015 and later purchased multiple Idaho newspapers, including the Idaho State Journal.


KBOI2 News

Sophia Doumani joins KBOI as a multi-media journalist. She comes to Boise from the Los Angeles area. Alexis Goree joins KBOI, also as a multi-media journalist. She comes to KBOI from KABC.


New staffers include reporter Michaela Leung, who arrived from Valdosta State University in Georgia; reporter Katie Keleher, who came from the University of Kansas; sports staffer Andrea Urban, from Michigan State University; producer Janelle Guerrero-Miguel from Hawaii News Now in Hilo, Hawaii; producer Matt Cooper from California; meteorologist Matt  Brewer from NOAA; and D.C.D Natalie Nix, from Utah State University.

Staffers who have left include reporter Alasyn Zimmerman, who went to KOAA in Colorado Springs; sportscaster Julia Cox, who went to NBC 15 in Madison, Wis.; meteorologist Chris Bruin, who went to the Weather Channel; producer Lance Leonard, who headed back to the farm in Kansas; and D.C.D. Brigham Larsen, who went to Utah to freelance. Reporter Chris Oswalt went to WINK in Fort Myers, Florida.


New staffers are Brittany Lock, a Today’s Morning News producer; and Karly Craig, also a Today’s Morning News producer. Executive Producer Erica Thornton left Boise to support her husband’s career out of state. Natalee Allen has been promoted to Executive Producer.


Alex Crescenti left in July 2017 as Palouse Bureau Chief; he’s now a reporter in Tallahassee Florida. Sarah Jacobsen, former 11 p.m. anchor/producer, left in September; she’s now a multi-media journalist at our sister station KBOI2 in Boise.

Zach Simonar, former sports director, left in March 2017, and is now an independent sports anchor in Little Rock, Ark., at a non-network affiliated station. Dyuce Woodson is now the sports director at KLEW; he graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017.

Armen Araradian, also a 2017 U of O graduate, is a multi-media journalist at KLEW.