Douglas Long assumed the role of editor of the Kodiak Daily Mirror last week.

"We are pleased to have Douglas join the Kodiak Daily Mirror,” said publisher Sara Schaefer. "His experience will be a great addition to our team."

Long comes to Kodiak from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he has worked as a freelance journalist for the past three years. Prior to that, Long worked for 13 years as editor of The Myanmar Times, a widely read English-language newspaper in Myanmar. There, he oversaw reporting on a wide array of topics, including politics, business and arts.

“I like immersing myself in an unfamiliar culture,” Long said. “It keeps me on my toes.”

This is Long’s first time in Alaska, and he is looking forward to bringing his diverse experience to Kodiak. 

“I’m excited to get back into editing after some time off,” he said. “Working for a community newspaper is more interesting than working at a national paper. It’s an opportunity to cover things no one else is covering.”

Long got his start in the publishing business working in California, where he edited outdoor adventure magazines, and wrote travel guides and reference books.

A former full-time cyclist and now a certified cycling coach, Long is also eager to explore Kodiak’s outdoors by foot and on two wheels.

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