Mike Miller has been named publisher of the Ahwatukee Foothills News effective May 1. The move provides a full-time publisher for the paper at an important time in its growth under 1013 Communications and furthers the commitment of the Miller family to the Ahwatukee community.
Randy Miller and partners purchased the newspaper along with several other Arizona properties in March of 2010, and have since added a Sunday edition to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, expanding its total weekly circulation to 84,000.
"We place tremendous value on our position in the Ahwatukee community to provide the best local news and advertising available across all our media platforms," Randy Miller said. "The AFN has strong roots in Ahwatukee and we look forward to expanding our visibility in the community as we continue to grow. We believe the move is an ideal next step in that process.
"Mike brings an exceptional background to his new role which will foster the kind of growth and development that will benefit Ahwatukee tremendously. Having Mike's full-time local leadership of all our Ahwatukee products will be critical for us to continue to build on our relationships in the community with our readers and advertisers."
Mike Miller succeeds Jason Joseph, who had served as publisher of both AFN and 1013 Communication's West Valley properties - the Daily News-Sun in Sun City, Glendale/Peoria Today and Surprise Today.
"My time spent in Ahwatukee has been incredibly rewarding," said Joseph, who will continue to serve as publisher of the West Valley Publications. "I have made many friends and it has been a delight to work alongside the staff, residents and organizations of this great community.
"The need for AFN to grow within the community will require a full-time publisher and Mike is a perfect fit. He will bring new energy and a full-time commitment to help Ahwatukee as it grows in the future."
Randy Miller said Joseph's leadership and community involvement "have been invaluable to the growth and success of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Allowing him to devote his full energies to the West Valley will only strengthen those properties."
Mike Miller currently serves as the operations director of 1013 Communications, overseeing the company's physical assets in Ahwatukee, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, the West Valley and Tucson.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in political science and the former chief of public affairs at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., as an officer in the United State Navy. He has also worked in the circulation departments at the Colorado Daily in Boulder, Colo., and at the Telluride Daily Planet in Telluride, Colo., where he served as circulation manager.
"My wife Lobelia and I loved living in Ahwatukee when we first moved to Arizona as newlyweds; it is truly a unique and closely knit place that simply cannot be found anywhere else," Miller said. "I can't wait to become more involved in such a great community."
Mike Miller's new position coincides with the appointment of Rick Flowers as publisher of the East Valley Tribune, another 1013 Communications property. The move allows Randy Miller, who had served as the Tribune's president and publisher since the sale last year, to spend more time at the company's other properties in Ahwatukee, Chandler, the West Valley and Tucson.