12-31-15 | Printable Version

Longest-Owned Newspapers: West Region

Family owners and a four-way tie

We ventured west in this sixth and final installment of our series examining the industry’s longest-owned newspapers by state. Family owners have a been a common theme throughout this feature, and they prevail in the West as well. The longest-owned papers in four of the six states in this region are owned by families, including the Cowles family in Washington and the Voorhies family in Oregon.

The West is also home to the longest-owned daily newspaper under public ownership, the Sacramento Bee in California, which was founded by The McClatchy Company 158 years ago. Public company Lee Enterprises also makes this list with a unique four-way tie for the longest-owned daily in Montana.