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Dirks, Van Essen & Murray
ROBINSON MEDIA COMPANY
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD COMPANY
a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway
We are pleased to have represented
Robinson Media Company in this transaction.
Santa Fe, NM t: 505.820.2700 f: 505.820.2900
WACO (TX) TRIBUNE-HERALD
34,000 daily circulation
LMA Inaugurates New Board
The Annual Business Meeting of LMA occurred during the Fall Conference last month
and several new members joined the Board of Directors.
Look for profiles of these
new LMA leaders in the
Red Wing Publishing
The South Bend Tribune
Second Street, Inc.
Signing on for an
all-volunteer three year
McKeand Takes Over in Arizona
Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA has
named Bret McKeand president of its print-
ing, publishing and
digital operations in
Arizona --- a network
that includes 12 com-
com websites, and a
plant that has served
the Valley of the Sun for
nearly four decades.
A 30-year veteran of the newspaper indus-
try, Bret joined the staff of the Independent
29 years ago as a reporter for the Sun City
Independent. He was named editor of the
Sun City newspaper in 1985 and publisher
of the company’s West Valley operations in
1987. He has served as the vice president of
Arizona publishing operations since 2004.
McKeand is a former president of Arizona
Newspaper Association, the statewide press
association, and a three-term president of the
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Despite an economy that continues to
struggle in Arizona, McKeand is confident
the company is well positioned to not only
weather the storm, but continue to grow its
printing, publishing and digital operations.
“In good times or bad, we’ve never wavered
in our commitment – our devotion really –
to providing the best local news, delivering
quality print and digital products and serving
the needs of our readers, advertisers and
printing clients,” he said.
Wayne Snow Joins
Digital First Media
Wayne Snow has joined Digital First Media,
which operates MediaNews Group, Journal
Register Company and
Digital First Ventures,
as Vice President of
Sales. Snow, who most
recently served as
General Manager of
Cleveland.com , will
report directly to Jeff
Bairstow, President of
Digital First Media.
“Wayne is a proven, results-focused sales
leader. He understands digital sales and he
understands where our Company is going.
He will help get us there,” said Bairstow.
A Florida State University graduate, Snow
began his sales career in 1985 as a Retail
Territory Account Executive for The Miami
Herald. He also worked as a Senior Account
Executive for the Florida Times-Union before
being promoted to Advertising Director of the
St. Augustine Record where he was profiled in
Presstime’s inaugural “20 Under 40” feature
in December 1993.
1013 Star Communications
acquires 28 Houston-Area
Newspapers from ASP Westward
1013 Star Communications, an opera-
tor of suburban newspapers, acquired
Houston Community Newspapers, pub-
lisher of 28 newspapers serving communi-
ties in the greater Houston market from
ASP Westward. Earlier this year, 1013 Star
Communications acquired a suburban pub-
lishing group in the Dallas area. The princi-
pals in the company, Randy Miller and Arne
Hoel, also own newspapers in Arizona.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper
merger and acquisition firm in Santa Fe,
New Mexico, represented ASP Westward in
The HCN sale represents the final dives-
titure for ASP Westward.
Lee Enterprises selling California
Lee Enterprises is selling the North County
Times, a newspaper in San Diego, to reduce
its debt levels.
Davenport, Iowa-based Lee said that the
sale of the North County Times and its digital
operations to Manchester Freedom LLC for
$11,950,000 is set to close in October. The
sale also includes The Californian, an edi-
tion of the newspaper that covers Southwest
The North County Times, which covers
north San Diego and southwest Riverside
counties, had $27.6 million in revenue for
the 52 weeks that ended Aug. 26.
Lee will use the proceeds of the sale to
reduce its debt levels, the company said.
The newspaper publisher emerged from
Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January after a
judge approved a debt refinancing plan that
included new terms with creditors.
Clarissa Williams Joins
Clarissa Williams has joined GateHouse
Media as the new Publisher & Advertising
Director of their Delaware-based publications.
Previously she was part of Halifax Media,
where she most recently served as Group
General Manager of
their Daytona, Fla.-
Williams has also led
several newspapers as
the Oldham Era i n
LaGrange, Ky., as well
as the News-Sun i n
Sebring, Florida. She also spent considerable
time with Community Newspaper Holdings,
Inc., where she worked in various manage-
ment positions, including leadership roles
in Advertising, Marketing, Circulation and
Public Relations. She eventually became
publisher of the Register-News in Mt. Vernon
and Times-Leader in McLeansboro, Ill.
Williams will lead publishing efforts for
GateHouse Media’s several publications in
the Delaware market including the Dover
Post, Middletown Transcript, Smyrna/Clayton
Sun Times, Hockessin Community News,
Milford Beacon, Sussex Countian, and their
affiliated web sites.
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