Adams Publishing Group Buys Pioneer News Media Assets


The Pioneer News Group Co. announced that it is selling its media division assets to family-owned Adams Publishing Group.

The sale will include 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah along with newspaper and commercial print facilities, various shoppers and websites. The sale is expected to close on Nov. 1.

Terms were not disclosed. John Cribb and Randy Cope represented the sellers in the transaction.
The Pioneer News Group is a family media business owned by members of the Scripps family. Pioneer Newspapers, formed by James G. Scripps in 1986, is owned by Leighton Wood; his children Stedem, Marnie, Heather and Laura; and eight next-generation family members. Marnie Roozen is chair of the company’s board of directors.

“It has been an honor for my family to serve our communities over these many generations,” Roozen said. “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.”

The company was recently renamed Pioneer News Group to reflect its expansion to produce news and advertising, both in print and expanding digital formats.”

Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, owns and operates 100 community newspapers in 11 states.

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 News-Examiner, the Preston Citizen, the Rexburg Standard Journal and the Teton Valley News.