PUBLISHED: 1:46 PM on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Juneau Empire announces new promotions
Two Juneau Empire employees were recently promoted, reflecting changes in key leadership positions at the newspaper.

Todd Vodnansky, the Empire's national accounts manager since October 2007 and its interim advertising director since June 1, was named advertising director for the Empire and its sister publication, the Capital City Weekly. The announcement was made Sept. 15 by Publisher Robert Hale.

In the newsroom, Kim Marquis, a reporter and copy editor since November 2007, was named deputy managing editor. She will assist Managing Editor Michael Plett.

Vodnansky, a native of Chicago, is a 2002 graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., with a bachelor of science degree in business with an emphasis in advertising. In his new role, Vodnansky will have responsibility for advertising and marketing strategies for the Empire's and the Capital City Weekly's print and online editions, along with development of cross-branding strategies and opportunities for the two publications, both of which are owned by Morris Communications Co. of Augusta, Ga.

  Todd Vodnansky
"In his 11 months at the Empire, and in the time he's led the advertising teams at the Empire and the Capital City Weekly, Todd has demonstrated the kinds of leadership and organizational abilities we seek during these times of rapid, dramatic change within our industry and within our company," Hale said. "This young man has a head for business, for marketing and promotion, and for change within the multimedia world in which we must now be operating. He is also driven by the concept of superb customer service."

Before moving to Juneau with his wife, Jalynda, and their three children, Vodnansky was assistant general manager for the Rockford, Ill., IceHogs professional hockey team in 2006-07.

Vodnansky is an avid hockey player and skier, who enjoys spending his free time with his family.

  Kim Marquis
Marquis has worked for daily and weekly newspapers as a reporter and editor for more than 10 years. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and worked as a commercial pilot and flight instructor before moving to Colorado, where she started a newspaper career.

Prior to moving to Juneau, she was a news editor with Colorado Mountain News Media, a Swift company that publishes about one dozen dailies along the Interstate 70 corridor in the state's ski country. She has written extensively about skiing and other snowsports, tourism, the environment and politics.