Suzanne Ashe joins Chugiak-Eagle River Star as editor

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 11:34
  • After suffering a broken leg last month in Petersburg, Suzanne Ashe is hard at work after starting as the Star editor on Feb. 22. Photo by Andrew Jensen for the Star

A chill had settled in over the dark evening sky, the crowd all bundled in winter gear gathered to watch a one-of-a-kind outdoor Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby bout. Chelsea Manhandler, a.k.a. Suzanne Ashe, was about to block the lead jammer of the opposing team, when all of a sudden, a moose broke through the crowd upsetting fans and participants alike. Manhandler was trampled, suffering a broken leg. She was transported by dogsled to the nearest igloo-styled hospital, about 100 miles away.

Okay, maybe that’s not how the new editor of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star actually broke her leg, but as Mark Twain would say, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

Ashe brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism, a passion for good reporting and great photography. She has lived, worked and adventured in Southeast Alaska, Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Francisco, Calif. Ashe received an Associate of Arts degree in journalism from College of San Mateo, before transferring to the journalism program at San Francisco State University.

She has written for award-winning publications such as Wired magazine, CNET, PC Gamer, The San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Weekly, The Union Democrat, The Tooele Transcript, The Salt Lake Tribune, Petersburg Pilot and the Alaska Dispatch News’ Show Me Alaska Web channel.

“We are pleased to have Suzanne Ashe join our team,” said Star publisher Rona Johnson. “Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to the job and will be a great fit for the Chugiak-Eagle River communities. Thank you for your patience as we were working to fill the editor position. The Star is important to Morris Alaska and we want to be able to local cover news and events that are of interest to our readers. And, yes, the police blotter will return.”

If you don’t see her out and about just yet, or if you happen to catch a glimpse of someone new crutching along in the parking lot, just know the leg is healing up well. Ashe will be available at The Star office starting later this week. She can be reached at [email protected] or 907-205-0082.

“I love Alaska and I’m so excited to be continuing the tradition of excellent journalism here at The Star. I look forward to becoming and part of the community and in calling Eagle River my home,” Ashe said.

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