From AJR, December 2001 issue
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
By Kathryn S. Wenner
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.
Kathryn S. Wenner, a former AJR associate editor, is a copy editor at
the Washington Post.