Originally created 01/18/00

Editorial editor appointed



Suzanne Downing, managing editor of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska, has been named editorial page editor of The Augusta Chronicle.

She will be responsible for the newspaper's opinion pages, including editorials, letters to the editor, editorial cartoons and columns.

The Empire and The Chronicle are owned by Morris Communications Corp., headquartered in Augusta.

"Suzanne has been with Morris for nearly nine years," said William S. Morris III, publisher of The Chronicle and chairman and chief executive officer of Morris Communications.

"Needless to say, we are delighted to have her coming to Augusta to take over editorial page duties at The Chronicle. She brings experience, judgment, a good heart and a tough skin to a job that requires these qualities in abundance," Mr. Morris said.

Ms. Downing begins work March 6 in Augusta.

"The Chronicle has a great tradition of strong editorial writing and community leadership. To be a part of that tradition is a privilege," Ms. Downing said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know Augusta, where I already have made many friends over the years I have been with Morris."

Ms. Downing succeeds Phil Kent, The Chronicle's senior editorial writer. He recently has taken on additional duties as a Sunday political columnist.

"I welcome this change and look forward to working with Suzanne and look forward to the new opportunity this affords me to develop a new passion, my Sunday political column," Mr. Kent said.

Except for two years spent in Washington, since 1974 Mr. Kent has been with the editorial pages of The Chronicle and the Augusta Herald, which ceased publication in 1993.

Ms. Downing grew up in Oregon and California and has lived in Alaska for nearly 20 years. She is a graduate of Oregon State University.

She was editor of the Bainbridge Review in Washington state before joining Morris in 1992 as Sunday editor of the Empire. She was named managing editor in 1995.