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SUBURBAN BEAT & ROUNDUP
Acquires Nine Properties From Copley
GateHouse Media Inc. has agreed to buy nine
newspapers from Copley Press Inc. for $380 mil-
lion, expanding its presence in the Midwest.
The purchase includes the Peoria (Ill.) Journal
Star, the State Journal-Register in Springfield,
Ill., The Repository in Canton, Ohio, and four
other daily newspapers in those areas, with a
total combined daily circulation of 241,060. The
deal also includes the purchase of two weekly
newspapers with a combined circulation of
GateHouse, based in Fairport, N.Y., said it would
continue Copley’s “outstanding stewardship.” It
expects to close the deal by the end of April.
The sale leaves San Diego-based Copley with
one daily newspaper, The San Diego Union-
Tribune. The privately held company plans to
keep its flagship paper and continue operating its
wire service, Copley News Service.
Shaw aand AAssociates
Names NNew PPartner
Tony Traven has joined
Organization Analysis and
Design - North Chicago as
partner, according to Bob
Traven has a 25-year track
record of success in newspa-
per management with the
New York Times regional newspaper division,
Freedom Newspapers, Shaw's Chicagoland sub-
urban operations and most recently with Copley's
Los Angeles suburban operations.
"Tony is a proven leader with great market
instincts and an ability to make things happen.
His worldly experience with many cultures and a
variety of markets makes him a natural for the
field of organizational development," Shaw said.
Traven has 8 years experience in applications of
the OAD discipline.
Journal RRegister CCompany NNames
Frank GGothie PPublisher oof tthe YYear
JRC has named Frank
Gothie, Publisher of
Daily and Sunday
Times in Primos,
Pennsylvania, as the
of the Year for 2006.
JRC Chairman and
Officer Robert M.
Jelenic said, “It is
with great pleasure that I present this award to Frank Gothie in recognition
of his outstanding performance and leadership at the Delaware County
Daily and Sunday Times in 2006. The Delaware County Daily and Sunday
Times had excellent performance on both the top and bottom lines in a
fairly stagnant local economic environment.”
In 2006, Frank Gothie’s leadership at the Delaware County Daily and
Sunday Times was also evident when the newspaper won a total of 13
Editorial awards, including first place awards for Spot News from the
Society of Professional Journalists and Headline Writing from the
Philadelphia Press Association.
“I am honored and very grateful to be recognized” said Gothie. “I accept
this award on behalf of the entire talented and dedicated team at the
Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times who contribute daily to our
Tom BBradlee iis 22007
MDDC NNewspaper HHall
of FFame IInductee
Longtime Chesapeake Publishing
(MD) president Tom Bradlee has been
selected as the 2007 inductee into the
Press Association Newspaper Hall of
Fame. Bradlee is the first honoree
from Chesapeake Publishing to enter
the Hall of Fame.
Bradlee’s career at Chesapeake
began in 1968 when it was known as
Tri-State Publishing. In 1987, Tom
was named president and CEO of
Chesapeake Publishing. Under
Bradlee’s leadership, the publisher
embarked on a period of considerable
growth. Between 1988 and 2001,
Bradlee’s ability to recognize market
opportunities and identify promising
acquisitions grew Chesapeake
Publishing into the 12th largest com-
munity newspaper group in the coun-
try. By the mid-1990s, Chesapeake
owned 66 publications or publishing
operations in five states: Maryland,
Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and
Bradlee was elected to the MDDC
Board of Directors in 1975 and served
as its president in 1984.
Bradlee’s contribution to the news-
paper industry stretches beyond his
work with MDDC. He has served as
president of both the National
Newspaper Association (1988) and
the Suburban Newspapers of America
(2000), which honored Tom in 2004
with the Dean Lesher Award for his
contribution to the community news-
The MDDC Newspaper Hall
of Fame is located in the Journalism
Building at the Philip Merrill College
of Journalism, University of
Maryland, College Park. Its past hon-
orees include former Herald-Mail
publisher Jim Schurz, former Capital-
Gazette executive editor Edward
Casey, and former Washington Post
Publisher Katharine Graham.
Antelope VValley PPress HHires NNew
Veteran journalist Charles F. Bostwick, who
covered stories and supervised news opera-
tions in the Antelope Valley for 20-plus years,
has joined the Antelope Valley Press (CA) as
its new managing editor.
Wife Carol joined Tom to celebrate the
prestigious SNA Dean Lesher Award
that he received in 2004.
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