Wick Communications, parent company of the Frontiersman newspaper, Wasilla, Alaska, has named borough resident Mark Kelsey publisher. Kelsey, who will begin work on Dec. 12, currently serves as communications coordinator for the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
Previously, he spent 12 years in Alaska journalism, including two stints at the Frontiersman, where he served as managing editor from 2005-07, and as sports editor from 1995-97.
Kelsey succeeds Kari Sleight, who retired in October after 14 years as publisher. He lives near Wasilla with his wife, Lisa, who teaches at Shaw Elementary School. They have a 5-year-old son.
“It is a privilege to return to the Frontiersman as publisher, and humbling to follow Kari Sleight with her impressive record of accomplishment," he said. “This is a great community newspaper with a proud history. I look forward to continuing that fine tradition.”
The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman began publishing as a weekly newspaper in 1947 and has grown to be a three-day-a-week newspaper with one of the most visited websites in the Mat-Su Borough.
“We are pleased to welcome Mark back to the Frontiersman,” Wick CEO John Mathew said. “His background, experience and commitment to the community are assets that will complement our already excellent team.”