Blackfoot native is the new Morning News publisher

Aaron Mackley, the new publisher of the Morning News
Catie Clark

Aaron Mackley became the newest publisher of the Morning News on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Mackley was born in Blackfoot, grew up in Riverside and graduated from Snake River High School in 1980. He spend two years on an LDS mission to Japan and got a bachelor's degree in English from BYU in 1987.
He received a master's degree in education leadership from BYU in 1990. After that, he taught English at his alma mater of Snake River for six years.
Mackley then made the shift to the publishing world. He spent two decades in various publishing roles, working in all aspects of news, including newspapers, digital publications on the internet and social media. He has worked on newspapers all over North America, including the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Mail and Empire. His experience spans a wide range of the news business, from editorial to advertising.
Mackley is enthusiastic over running the Morning News, the newspaper he grew up with. “The small town newspaper is not going away,” Mackley said. “There’s no other place where you can get the depth of local coverage all in one place. Community news, local classifieds, ads and coupons from local businesses, local issues, local sports – we do it all and no one else, including the internet-only sites, can do the same for Blackfoot or Bingham County.”
Mackley has plans for expanding content in the Morning News with home and garden articles, local history and community debate. “A local newspaper should be the voice of a community. Not only do we report on what’s happening, we need to create dialog. There should be both output of information and input from people who live and work here on the issues locally that concern us all. The digital environment provides resources to accomplish that which previous generations have never had.”
Mackley also has plans to revamp the newspaper’s digital presence to supplement the printed version. A email feed will be added for breaking news and important stories. Mackley also wants to expand the use of social media to improve the timely delivery of Morning News products to the paper’s customers.
"I am very excited about working in this community as the publisher of the Morning News. Having been raised here, taught school here, and lived here for forty years of my life, it is home. At the Morning News, we look forward to some exciting content changes in the future. Changes that will regularly draw from your voices. You will see more of our history, outdoor experiences, agriculture, and youth — and especially our discussions, debates and solution as a community. These coming changes will take a little time, but keep your eyes on the paper because we will be seeking your input."
Mackley is actively involved in scouting and has been for over three decades. He was a scout master for 9 years and was recently active in the Boy Scouts Venturing Officers Association. He is also a past trustee of the Snake River School and Community Library.