After 57 years, Brown family sells the Kenosha News, its last daily, to Lee Enterprises


The Brown family-owned United Communications Corporation sold the last two remaining publications in its newspaper division to Lee Enterprises on January 28.

Terms of the sale of the flagship 20,000-circulation daily Kenosha (Wisconsin) News and the weekly Lake Geneva Regional News were not immediately disclosed.

“When my father, Howard Brown, purchased the Kenosha Evening News 57 years ago, my parents’ love affair with Kenosha and the paper began,” UCC President and CEO Lucy Brown said in a statement. “It was their honor to serve the people of Kenosha and Lake Geneva with a mission of community service supported by a strong local newspaper. The Brown Family is very grateful for the hard work and dedication of all Kenosha News and Lake Geneva Regional News employees past and present and wish them all good fortune. As my father was fond of saying, the future lies ahead. Making the decision to sell is extraordinarily difficult, but we welcome Lee Enterprises and know the future looks bright under their leadership.”

“These two markets fit very nicely into our already strong footprint in Wisconsin,” said Lee President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mowbray. “Their proximity to existing Lee properties creates opportunity for synergies while greatly strengthening our audiences in southeast Wisconsin.”

Lee announced that Mark Lewis, publisher of the Racine Journal Times, will be president and publisher of a new regional group of its Wisconsin papers.

Davenport, Iowa-based Lee publishes 46 daily newspapers in 21 states, and more than 300 weekly, classified, and specialty publications.