assistant managing editor, features, Anchorage Daily News
McCoy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her journalism career began in 1977 working as a reporter for small newspapers in Berkeley and Auburn in Northern California and Camarillo and Thousand Oaks in southern California. Looking for adventure, she moved to Alaska in 1980, where she worked for a year in the bush at the Nome Nugget newspaper as a staff writer. Since 1981 she has worked at the Anchorage Daily News, the largest daily newspaper in Alaska. Her roles there have included features writer and editor, Sunday magazine editor and senior editor, Her current job is assistant managing editor for features at the Daily News, with responsibility for all features sections including the daily Life section, Sunday Arts, Wednesday Taste, the Friday teen section Perfect World, Hometown, a daily community news section and Play, a Friday entertainment magazine. Under her leadership, her features sections have won University of Missouri General Excellence awards in 2003, 1999 and 1998; Association of Food Journalists best section award in 2003 and her own writing was honored with numerous awards, including her contribution to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1989 for stories on Alaska Native alcoholism and suicide.
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