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Sara April promoted to name partner at Dirks, Van Essen brokerage

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Sara April
Sara April

Sara April has been promoted to a name partner in the newspaper brokerage firm that has been renamed Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April.

“We couldn’t have found a better partner. Sara is incredibly competent and adds a fresh perspective to the collaborative way we operate,” partners Owen Van Essen and Phil Murray said in a joint statement.

April joined the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based firm in 2006 after spending four years as director of operations for HomeWorks Media Group in Boston, which published specialty magazines. She also worked as an assistant manager of the New Republic magazine, and has written for and edited other publications.

She graduated cum laude from George Washington University in 2000 with a B.A. in journalism.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray was founded by Lee E. Dirks in 1980. Owen Van Essen joined the firm in 1986 and Phil Murray joined in 1996. The firm has closed hundreds of newspaper transactions and represented either the buyer or seller in more than 500 transactions with aggregate value in excess of $12 billion. It has represented numerous independently-owned newspaper companies, family-owned groups and most of the nation’s largest newspaper companies.