Alan Mores graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree with honors in journalism and mass communication. While in college, he served as press intern for Gov. Robert Ray (R-IA) in 1977 and U.S. Rep. W. Hensen Moore (R-LA) in 1979. He was also member of the Iowa State Daily staff, Mortar Board and numerous campus organizations.
After graduation, he joined the family business, the Harlan Newspapers and is co-publisher with his brother, Steve.
He served as one of the first Cameras in the Courtroom media coordinators for Iowa’s Fourth Judicial District (1980), was one of the first newspaper industry representatives selected to Leadership Iowa (1988) and served as Iowa's state chair for the National Newspaper Assoc. (1995).
Mores was elected the youngest president of both the Iowa Newspaper Foundation (1998) and Iowa Newspaper Association (2002), was named an Iowa Master Editor-Publisher (2000), the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Iowa Journalist of the Year (2000), and the Iowa Newspaper Association Distinguished Service Award winner (2009). That same year he was named a Chamberlin Fellow by Iowa State Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.
He currently serves on the board Iowa Association of Business & Industry and is president of the Iowa Newspaper Association's Services Board.
Mores continued his education with studies in economic development concepts through the University of Northern Iowa; community newspaper management at the American Press Institute, Reston, Virginia; and the Institute of Newspaper Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
He and his brother honored their late father, Leo, by helping fund Iowa State's Leo Mores Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (2006) and they also established ISU's Mores Family Community Journalism Scholarships (1990). In partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, they established the annual Leo Mores Leadership Institute (2008) for up and coming Iowa newspaper publishers.
Their newspaper, winner of 273 state and national awards, has earned a variety of Iowa newspaper technology firsts relating to their use of the Internet and newspaper production. In his community, Mores was named Harlan's Citizen of the Year (1988), published a 36-page historical walking tour of downtown Harlan (2014) and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International (2014).
Mores' wife, Donna Christensen-Mores, an Iowa State journalism graduate, is an attorney, human resources director and compliance officer for Myrtue Medical Center. They have two children: Jackson, an ISU grad earning his master's at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Chandler, a junior at Stanford.