Fairbanks paper adds new publisher after sale

A man with a long history in Alaska newspapers is the new publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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The front of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s headquarters, also known as the Aurora Building, in May 2009. (Creative Commons photo by James Brooks)
The front of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s headquarters, also known as the Aurora Building, in May 2009. (Creative Commons photo by James Brooks)

Fuller Cowell was introduced as the newspaper’s top executive on Tuesday, shortly after the sale of the newspaper from William Dean Singleton to the Helen E. Snedden Foundation closed.

Snedden’s husband, newspaper owner Charles Snedden, died in 1989 and his heirs sold the News-Miner to Singleton in 1992. She died in 2012.

The 63-year-old Cowell began as a paper carrier on Fort Wainwright when he was 9.

Cowell later became a newspaper executive with the McClatchy Newspaper chain, and served as publisher of the former Anchorage Daily News from 1991 to 1999.