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From AJR,   December 2001  issue

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Sonja Sorensen Craig takes on the publisher's job at Salem, Oregon's Statesman Journal after 11 years as publisher of Minnesota's St. Cloud Times.

By Kathryn S. Wenner
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at the Washington Post.     

Sonja Sorensen Craig doesn't miss a beat. One Friday in October the former publisher of Minnesota's St. Cloud Times agreed to become publisher of Salem, Oregon's Statesman Journal--as of the following Monday morning. "That's kind of the Gannett way," says Sorensen Craig of the company that owns both papers. Her predecessor at the 58,000-circulation Salem paper, Sara Bentley, resigned suddenly after 13 years as publisher, citing personal reasons, says Statesman Journal Editor Steven A. Smith. For Sorensen Craig, 56, moving to a paper with twice the circulation of the St. Cloud Times, where she was publisher for 11 years, is "definitely a promotion." Iowa native Sorensen Craig has spent much of her career in the Midwest. One change she looks forward to: "You don't have to shovel rain." Her replacement in St. Cloud is William G. Albrecht, former advertising director at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.