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Kay Fanning's Alaska Story: Memoir of a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Newspaper Publisher on America's Northern Frontier

Fanning, Kay

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ISBN 10: 0974501476 / ISBN 13: 9780974501475
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Title: Kay Fanning's Alaska Story: Memoir of a ...

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In 1965, Kay Woodruff Field, 38, a newly divorced former debutante once described as the ""Grace Kelly of Chicago,"" loaded her three children into a Buick station wagon and headed north to start a fresh life in Alaska. Little did she know that she would became the most influential woman in Alaska. Fanning took a job at the Anchorage Daily News, a struggling morning newspaper that she and her new husband, Larry Fanning, later bought. After Larrys death, Kay became editor and publisher. She pressed for settlement of Alaskas Native land claims, alienated advertisers by covering environmental issues deemed to threaten development, and in 1976 won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of corruption in Alaskas powerful Teamsters Union. Kay Fanning died in 2000, her memoir unfinished. Katherine Field Stephen, herself a reporter, was determined to finish her mothers book. And she did, by inviting eighteen of Kays friends and colleagues to contribute personal stories about Kay Fanning.

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When Kay Woodruff Field arrived in Alaska in 1965, newly divorced and seeking ot make a fresh start, she took a reporter's job at the Anchorage Daily News and found a new state on the verge of great changes. Within a few years, in a partnership with her new husband, Larry Fanning, she purchased the struggling morning newspaper. When Larry died unexpectedly, Kay stepped into the role of editor and publisher, eventually turning the Daily News into Alaska's largest newspaper. Along the way, she pushed for settlement of Alaska's Native land claims and covered environmental and social issues related to construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline. Kay Fanning and her newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for coverage of corruption in Alaska's powerful Teamsters Union. After serving later as editor of the Christian Science Monitor, Kay began working on her Alaska memoir, but died in 2000 before finishing it. Katherine Field Stephen, herself a writer and reporter, was determined to finish her mother's book. And she did, in a way virtually unheard of in book publishing. She invited eighteen of her mothers' friends, business associates, fellow journalists, and politicians to contribute personal stories about Kay and hwo she and her newspaper helped define Alaska's issues and shape its future.

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