Former Duluth News Tribune publisher takes Alaska newspaper job
After being out of the newspaper business for five years, former
Duluth News Tribune publisher Marti Buscaglia longed to get back in.
So when the opportunity arose, in a place she said she loves -- Alaska -- Buscaglia accepted.
"I love the adventure of it," she said.
Buscaglia starts April 16 at the McClatchy-owned Anchorage Daily News, where she'll serve as advertising director and vice president.
"I'm very excited about this," she said of the move and new job. "I miss the newspaper industry, and I love McClatchy. I think they're a wonderful company. And I always wanted to live in Alaska."
Duluth-Superior Magazine, which Buscaglia founded in 2008, will continue to be published. She will remain as its owner, though she no longer will be its publisher. Sales manager David Hileman -- a former general manager of KQDS-TV Fox 21 -- has been promoted to publisher.
"There are no plans to sell the magazine at this time," said Buscaglia, 59, who wants to ensure job security for her seven employees. "It will continue as it has been."
The monthly magazine was launched just as the recession was starting, but Buscaglia said that worked to her advantage.
"Other magazines were used to their revenues and overhead," she said. "We started when times were lean, and we grew."
The magazine has a circulation of 10,000 and is doing great, Buscaglia said.
"It's been growing every year," she said. "We doubled our profit this year."
Her publishing company, New Ventures Publishing, also will continue under her ownership but under Hileman's direction. It will continue to publish the city of Duluth's quarterly newsletter.
Buscaglia was publisher of the News Tribune from 2002 to 2007. She previously held executive positions at the Baltimore Sun and the
St. Paul Pioneer Press and held marketing jobs at the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, Calif., and for the Gannett Co. after starting her career in advertising.
She resigned from the News Tribune in 2007 to take a job as publisher of the much larger Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. But she withdrew when it came to light that she had misrepresented her educational credentials on her resume, claiming she had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lima in Peru.
She apologized publicly and has since received a B.A. degree in
management and marketing from the College of St. Scholastica in
Duluth.After living in Duluth for 10 years, where she has been active in the community and served on many boards, she said she's sad to be leaving.
"I have had so much support from this community and have many friends here," she said. "It's the longest I've lived anywhere in my life. And I'm really sad to leave these people."
But with her continued ownership of Duluth-Superior Magazine, she said her ties with Duluth will continue, and she expects to be
traveling back frequently because of that.