The daily NewsTribune in LaSalle, Illinois, is being sold to Shaw Media, ending more than 70 years of ownership by the Miller family.
The sale, which includes the weekly farm publications Agri-News, is expected to close by September 1, Catherine Miller Terms were not disclosed.
Miller family newspaper ownership began in 1946 when Peter Miller Jr. acquired the Peru (Illinois) Herald and later that year the LaSalle Post Tribune. In 1947, the two papers were merged into the Daily News-Tribune, which changed its name to NewsTribune in 1984. The NewsTribune serves readers in LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall Counties.
In 1977, the Miller family added Agri-News as a bi-monthly supplement to the NewsTribune. Three years later, its name was changed to Illinois Agri-News and it was published as a stand-alone weekly. Indiana Agri-News was added in 1982. The publications are distributed weekly to farm families throughout the entire Midwest.
Peter Miller Jr. served as publisher of the NewsTribune until 1984 when his son Peter III took over the operation. Joyce McCullough was named publisher in 2002. The elder Peter Miller passed away in 2004 and Peter III in 2011.
At that time, McCullough was named President of Miller Group Media. Lynn Barker serves as publisher of the Agri-News publications.
“It is because of the dedication of each member of our management team and staff that the NewsTribune has remained independently owned,” McCullough said. “Catherine Miller has mixed emotions as she turns this valuable member of the Illinois Valley community over to the Shaw family. We are honored to have been able to serve our local readers and advertisers for so many years. We have valued their relationships and are confident those relationships will grow under Shaw leadership.”
McCullough added, “As has been said so many times recently by people in many different areas of work, from retail to industry: it’s a different world. The synergies and economies of scale that are gained by joining with others are vital for growth. Shaw has a reputation for providing local news reported by local staff and for supporting the communities they serve. That gives Cathy and me comfort.”
This acquisition adds to family-owned Shaw Media’s portfolio of daily and weekly newspapers and specialty publications, which cover 15 counties across northern Illinois, as well as part of Iowa.
Shaw’s Illinois daily newspaper holdings include LaSalle County’s other 5-day-a-week newspaper, The Times of Ottawa, as well as the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, The Herald-News in Joliet, the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, the Telegraph in Dixon and the Daily Gazette in Sterling.
“We are honored to be able to continue the legacy of the Miller family in LaSalle County,” Shaw President and CEO John Rung said. “The NewsTribune has established a high bar of journalistic standards, and its print and digital assets are a perfect fit for Shaw Media.”
Shaw Media has been privately owned by the Shaw family since its founding in Dixon by B.F. Shaw in 1851. The company's media holdings include websites, newspapers, magazines, Pro Football Weekly, a video production unit and a digital marketing services division.