Group led by Chicago Crusader publisher buying Reader
e Chicago Sun-Times has sold Chicago alternative weekly the Chicago Reader to a group led by Chicago Crusader publisher Dorothy Leavell, the Reader reported. e Sun-Times has owned e Reader has been owned by the Sun-Times since 2012.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sun-Times CEO Edwin Eisendrath made the news of the sale
public June 15 at the Rainbow PUSH Convention in Chicago.
“I'm here to say that the future of the Reader is in African-American ownership,” he said at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
“I am so honored to have had an opportunity to stand here to say to you that not only am I the publisher of the Chicago Crusader and the Gary Crusader but now the Chicago Reader,” Leavell said.
Leavell is also the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, an African-American press trade association with 200 member newspapers.
“ e Reader is a beloved Chicago institution with an important history of investigative journalism and cultural reporting,” she said in a statement. “Our goal as new ownership is to preserve and strengthen this brand and to make the paper accessible to all Chicago communities.”
e Reader has a circulation of 85,000.