Gra­ham buys The News

New owner based in Mon­roe

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For the first time in more than three decades, The Cov­ing­ton

News has a new owner. Mor­ris Mul­ti­me­dia Inc. to­day an­nounced the sale of The Cov

in­g­ton News and its re­lated prod­ucts to Patrick Gra­ham, the owner and pub­lisher of The Wal­ton Tri­bune, a twice-weekly news­pa­per in nearby Mon­roe, Ge­or­gia.

Mor­ris Mul­ti­me­dia Inc. of Sa­van­nah, which con­tin­ues to own a myr­iad of print and broad­cast prop­er­ties all across the United States, had owned The Cov­ing­ton

News since 1986. Gra­ham, a vet­eran of the news­pa­per in­dus­try in Ge­or­gia for nearly a decade, has been the owner of The Tri­bune since 2014.

“New­ton County is a tremen­dous com­mu­nity with a rich his­tory and an even brighter fu­ture,” Gra­ham said. “I can’t tell you how ex­cited I am to have the opportunity to build on the solid foun­da­tion of ser­vice and lead­er­ship the Mor­ris fam­ily and its com­pany have pro­vided here in Cov­ing­ton for so many years.”

Charles Hill Mor­ris, Jr., of Mor­ris Mul­ti­me­dia, said, “I have known Patrick Gra­ham for the last ten years, since I was a pub­lisher at the News. I have a lot of re­spect for him and came to know him as an out­stand­ing per­son and com­mu­nity leader. We could not think of a bet­ter leader to con­tinue the tra­di­tion of fam­ily own­er­ship of the news­pa­per other than the Gra­ham fam­ily.”

Gra­ham said The News has a long his­tory of pro­vid­ing award- win­ning cov­er­age for its read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers, and he looks for­ward to tak­ing an al­ready great prod­uct to the next level.

“Sim­ply put, I want to put out the very best news­pa­per of its size in the state of Ge­or­gia,” Gra­ham said. “We have a com­mu­nity that de­serves that kind of qual­ity cov­er­age, and we have the kind of staff that can de­liver that kind of qual­ity cov­er­age.”

Gra­ham said com­mu­nity news­pa­pers like The News are suc­ceed­ing while oth­ers in the in­dus­try are strug­gling be­cause com­mu­nity news­pa­pers con­tinue to fo­cus on lo­cal cov­er­age, and he plans to in­crease that lo­cal em­pha­sis even more mov­ing for­ward.

“Com­mu­nity news­pa­pers have been able to stay rel­e­vant in the lives of read­ers by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity that read­ers can’t get any­where else,” Gra­ham said. “That is why the plat­form read­ers are con­sum­ing the in­for­ma­tion in — whether it is print, on­line or mo­bile — isn’t as im­por­tant as the type of in­for­ma­tion they are con­sum­ing, and time and again read­ers are telling us they want lo­cal, lo­cal, lo­cal, and that is ex­actly what we in­tend to give them.”

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