Westmoreland, 29, relocated from Louisville, Ky., where he was the managing editor of a weekly newspaper in the Fort Knox area.
Charles L. Westmoreland
Westmoreland began his career as a photojournalist in the United States Army in 1999. He earned national acclaim from the military for coverage of Ranger and Field Medical training. His assignments included posts throughout the U.S. and overseas.
After being honorably discharged from active duty service with numerous medals and decorations in late 2002, Westmoreland moved to Louisville, Ky., to study English at the University of Louisville, about 90 miles from where he was raised in the greater Cincinnati area. He joined the Kentucky National Guard immediately after leaving active duty, where he served as a print section chief in a public affairs detachment.
As a senior at UofL, Westmoreland was nominated editor-in-chief of the college's student newspaper, where he later was awarded Kentucky's highest collegiate journalism award - a first for the school in nearly two decades. Westmoreland later returned to UofL as a guest lecturer in the Department of Communication.
Westmoreland left the National Guard in 2005 after his senior year in college to focus on a professional career. His first position was as executive editor of Louisville's Voice-Tribune, Kentucky's largest paid weekly. When the paper was sold in 2006, he headed a start-up newspaper in the Fort Knox/Louisville area.
"I wasn't currently job searching when I found out about the opening," he said. "But after a little research about the paper and Juneau area, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn't afford to pass up. I knew this position would give me a healthy dose of excitement and adventure."
His journalism awards include news, features, sports, photography and page design. He is single except for a possessive, jealous cat that accompanied him to Alaska.