Star Demo­crat par­ent com­pany pur­chases the Pioneer News Group me­dia di­vi­sion

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The Pioneer News Group Co. an­nounced Oct. 6 it is sell­ing its me­dia di­vi­sion as­sets to fam­ily-owned Adams Pub­lish­ing Group, par­ent com­pany of The Star Demo­crat. The sale will in­clude 22 daily and weekly news­pa­pers in Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, Idaho, Mon­tana and Utah along with a news­pa­per and com­mer­cial print fa­cil­ity, var­i­ous shop­pers and web­sites. The sale is ex­pected to be fi­nal­ized Nov. 1, a press re­lease states. Terms were not dis­closed.

The Pioneer News Group is a fam­ily me­dia busi­ness owned by mem­bers of the Scripps fam­ily. The Scripps fam­ily has a long his­tory in news­pa­pers, start­ing with EW Scripps, who started the Detroit Evening News in 1873 and the Cleve­land Penny Press in 1878, which led to a big­ger chain of news­pa­pers that in­cluded the

St. Louis Chron­i­cle and Cincin­nati Post, the re­lease states.

Pioneer News­pa­pers was formed by James G. Scripps in 1986. The com­pany is owned by Leighton Wood and his chil­dren St­e­dem, Marnie, Heather and Laura and eight next-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily mem­bers. Marnie Roozen is chair­woman of the com­pany’s board of di­rec­tors.

“It has been an honor for my fam­ily to serve our com­mu­ni­ties over these many gen­er­a­tions,” said Roozen in the re­lease. “We cher­ish the friend­ships we have cre­ated with our em­ploy­ees and truly feel we are a fam­ily. It is be­cause of our ded­i­ca­tion to our com­mu­ni­ties and em­ploy­ees that we are so pleased that Adams Pub­lish­ing Group is pur­chas­ing our me­dia di­vi­sion. Adams shares our val­ues as well as a deep com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of com­mu­nity news­pa­pers. It is heart­en­ing to know our pa­pers will be in very ca­pa­ble hands.”

The com­pany was re­cently re­named Pioneer News Group to re­flect its ex­pan­sion to pro­duce news and ad­ver­tis­ing, both in print and ex­pand­ing dig­i­tal for­mats. Mike Gugliotto is pres­i­dent and CEO of Pioneer.

“I’m very proud of the out­stand­ing work Pioneer em­ploy­ees have pro­duced as our in­dus­try con­tin­ues to evolve, fac­ing re­lated chal­lenges and ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Gugliotto in the re­lease. “It’s been a priv­i­lege to work with some of the most ded­i­cated, de­ter­mined and cre­ative peo­ple in the busi­ness, with the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of the Wood fam­ily.”

APG owns and op­er­ates 100 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers in 11 states, in­clud­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of five news­pa­per pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies in 2016. The com­pany is based in Min­neapo­lis. In ad­di­tion to its com­mu­nity news­pa­per com­pany, the Adams fam­ily owns ra­dio sta­tions, out­door ad­ver­tis­ing com­pa­nies, a wine dis­tri­bu­tion busi­ness, la­bel print­ing com­pa­nies and a large in­ter­est in Camp­ing World Hold­ings, a pub­licly traded na­tional network of RV deal­ers, affin­ity pro­grams, the Good Sam Club and other RVre­lated prod­ucts and ser­vices.

“We’re very ex­cited to welcome the Pioneer group of com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, com­mer­cial print fa­cil­i­ties, and other print and dig­i­tal prod­ucts and ser­vices to APG. We’re es­pe­cially pleased to welcome Pioneer’s over 500 ded­i­cated as­so­ciates to our com­mu­nity news­pa­per group,” said Steve Adams of the Adams Pub­lish­ing Group in the re­lease. “The Wood fam­ily, along with Pioneer’s ded­i­cated em­ploy­ees and man­age­ment team, has done a stel­lar job of cre­at­ing new and com­pelling prod­ucts and ser­vices, both in print and dig­i­tal, in the face of an ever chang­ing me­dia land­scape. We com­mend their ef­forts,

and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing their proud jour­nal­is­tic tra­di­tion in the com­mu­ni­ties Pioneer serves.”

Pioneer news­pa­pers in the sale

in­clude The El­lens­burg Daily Record, The Kla­math Falls Her­ald and News, The Lake County Ex­am­iner, The Kla­math Falls Nickel, The Sk­agit Val­ley Her­ald, The Ana­cortes Amer­i­can, The Burlington Ar­gus, The Se­dro-Wool­ley Courier-Times, The Stan­wood Ca­mano News, The Lo­gan Her­ald Jour­nal, The Tre­mon­ton Leader, The Boze­man Daily Chron­i­cle, The Bel­grade News, The Idaho Press Tri­bune, The Idaho State Jour­nal, The Kuna Melba News, The Merid­ian Press, The Emmett Mes­sen­ger In­dex, The Mont­pe­lier NewsEx­am­iner, The Pre­ston Ci­ti­zen, The Rexburg Stan­dard Jour­nal and The Te­ton Val­ley News.

Cribb, Greene & Cope rep­re­sented the Pioneer News Group Co. in this trans­ac­tion.

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