Remembering Nancy McGuire

Nancy at the layout table preparing the Nome Nugget. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Fagerstrom)
Nancy at the layout table preparing the Nome Nugget. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Fagerstrom)

Early this morning, long time Nome Nugget editor and publisher Nancy McGuire died. McGuire had been battling cancer and in her last editorial bid a fond farewell to her beloved Nome community and residents. John Handleland is a former mayor of Nome and was a long time friend of the tenacious journalist. He says McGuire was born and raised on a Pennsylvania farm. She became an educator and moved to Nome in 1973 and bought the Nome Nugget in 1982. He says she was proud that the paper is the oldest in Alaska. McGuire was given the Alaska Press Club 1st Amendment award in 2012.
Handleland says he got to know her when he became mayor in 1985 and was sometimes taken to task in her paper.

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Nancy McGuire was 72 when she died this morning. A funeral mass will be held at the St Joseph Catholic Church in Nome at 2 pm on Saturday.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.