GateHouse Media buys parent of The Oklahoman


GateHouse Media purchased Oklahoma Media Co., publisher of The Oklahoman, from The Anschutz Corp. for an undisclosed amount.

The purchase of The Oklahoman, its NewsOK website, the Big Wing digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City and The Oklahoman Direct mail and marketing service expands GateHouse’s footprint in Oklahoma.

“We are fortunate to own a small number of daily and weekly publications in Oklahoma, including The Journal Record in Oklahoma City,” said GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis. “The Oklahoman not only bolsters our portfolio here, but will be among our largest newspapers in the country,” Davis said.

Chris Reen, who had been publisher of The Oklahoman and president of The Oklahoman Media Company, will remain with The Anschutz Corp., the newspaper reported.

Reen said he was pleased by the purchase. “GateHouse has the scale and broad expertise needed to keep The Oklahoman strong well into the future,” he told the newspaper. “It was important for us to sell to a strong company that is 100% devoted to ethical journalism.”

Jim Hopson, a longtime GateHouse executive who has served as interim publisher at several dailies following their purchase, will play the same role at The Oklahoman.

GateHouse publishes 145 dailies and operates in more than 570 markets across 37 states.