Newspapers in Fairbanks, Kodiak for Sale

The chief executive officer for two Alaska newspapers says the publications are for sale.

William Dean Singleton says the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Kodiak Daily Mirror are both available. Employees were informed today.

The family trusts of Singleton and his media partner, Richard Scudder, bought the News-Miner from C.W. Snedden in 1992. The News-Miner owns the Kodiak newspaper.

Singleton and Scudder founded MediaNews Group, which once owned dozens of newspapers across the nation. Scudder died in 2012; Singleton retired a year later.

Singleton said in a letter to employees he and Scudder owned newspapers in Alaska for 23 years and grew to love the state. But no other family members chose newspapers as a career.

Singleton said if the right buyer isn’t found, the trust will continue to own the newspapers.