WENATCHEE — Ward Media, LLC has acquired four weekly publications and a monthly business journal in North Central Washington from NCW Media, Inc.
The newspapers involved in this transaction are the Leavenworth Echo, Cashmere Valley Record, Lake Chelan Mirror, Quad City Herald, and the Wenatchee Business Journal — all of which have been serving communities in the heart of Washington state.
“We are excited to entrust these cherished community newspapers to Ward Media LLC,” said Carol Forhan, president of NCW Media, in a press release.
Terry Ward, former publisher of the Olympic Peninsula News Group among other newspapers and vice president of Sound Publishing, and Amy Yaley, former communications specialist for Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, own Ward Media, LLC.
Dave Gauger of Gauger Media Services, Inc. represented NCW Media in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed.
The two “have a proven track record of dedication to journalism and a strong understanding of the unique needs of local communities,” Forhan said.
“We believe this transition will not only sustain the legacy of these newspapers but also enhance their future prospects.”
Ward has held leadership positions in various media companies. Most recently, he was vice president and publisher for Sound Publishing, Inc., overseeing their operations in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula, Kitsap Peninsula, Bainbridge Island, Grays Harbor County and Whidbey Island.
He has held pivotal roles in major US media corporations and Washington’s largest local media company.
He has “always emphasizing community-centric journalism and providing local businesses with innovative marketing strategies,” according to a press release.
Yaley’s background is in sales, marketing, public relations, events and promotions. She has a diverse history encompassing global and local companies, equipping her to navigate the intricate global market while appreciating the nuances of local businesses.
The two feel this makes them a formidable team to lead these newspapers into the future.
“We are honored to take on the responsibility of carrying forward the journalistic tradition that these newspapers embody,” said Ward, CEO.
“We aim to maintain the high journalistic standards set by NCW Media and, simultaneously, explore innovative ways to engage with our readers and serve the local communities.”
Added Yaley: “The nature of the media landscape requires an adaptable approach, and we are committed to staying ahead of the curve.
“By combining our expertise, we aim to deliver a seamless integration of traditional and digital media that caters to the evolving needs of our readers and advertisers alike,” she said.