Former ADN publisher Rogoff divorces wealthy husband
The former publisher of the state’s largest newspaper has finalized a divorce from a billionaire she married more than three decades ago.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Alice Rogoff and financier David Rubenstein, who tied the knot in 1983, had ended their marriage following “a lengthy separation” according to a statement from the couple. The fiscal terms of the divorce were settled confidentially, and neither Rogoff nor Rubenstein planned to offer further comment.
Rogoff entered the Alaska media world when she threw her financial backing behind the Alaska Dispatch blog, rising to prominence with her 2014 purchase of the Anchorage Daily News for $37 million. The rebranded Alaska Dispatch News lost substantial sums of money, however, and in August telecommunications firm GCI – which had bought the paper’s Northway Drive headquarters -- sued Rogoff to evict its presses from the building after they overstayed a temporary lease.
The paper declared bankruptcy the following day, leaving creditors – including Rogoff – scrambling to recoup their losses as a single set of buyers, headed by the Binkley family of Fairbanks, purchased the paper for $1 million. After deep cuts to its newsroom staff and the outsourcing of its printing to a Mat-Su publisher this fall, the paper has returned to its Anchorage Daily News masthead.
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