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Legislature to honor Jon Anderson

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SEN. Michael San Nicolas is presenting a special legislative resolution today to honor media icon and former Marianas Variety-Guam Editor-in-Chief Jon Anderson.

Resolution No. 282 commends Anderson for his contributions to the media industry on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

It also congratulates him on the occasion of his retirement and “extends a sincere Un Dångkolo Na Si Yu'os Ma'åse to him for his more than 40 years of service to Guam and the CNMI as a member of the media.”

Forty-two years after he began working in media in the Marianas and three years after assuming the helm at Marianas Variety-Guam as its editor-in-chief, Anderson began his retirement last Dec. 15.

“On Dec. 14, I completed three years as editor-in-chief of the Guam edition of Marianas Variety,” Anderson said. “I appreciate the opportunity for this old broadcaster to learn the newspaper business.”

Anderson spent most of his career in broadcast journalism and moved to Saipan in 1971 to take a position with the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands’ Micronesian News Service.

After stints in Washington, D.C. and American Samoa, he moved to Guam in 1977 and spent four years as vice president and general manager of KUAM. He spent 25 years as president of Sorensen Pacific Broadcasting during which he started talk radio on Guam and was the morning show host. He spent four years working for Bridge Capital LLC before taking the post at Marianas Variety-Guam.

The staff at MVG benefited from Anderson’s years of experience in journalism – his knowledge of Guam and the region, his professional standards and his fine appreciation of news stories.

The presentation of the resolution will take place at the Legislature’s public hearing room starting at 10 a.m.

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