The Macari-Healey Publishing Co. has purchased Community Media
of Colorado and its 12 newspapers from ASP Westward.
Jerry Healey, president and CEO of the newly formed
Macari-Healey Publishing Co., said the move will signify a renewed
emphasis on community journalism and involvement. Houston-based ASP
Westward had owned Community Media of Colorado since 2002.
“We’re bringing the papers back to local family ownership,”
Community Media of Colorado’s newspapers and websites primarily
cover the south metro Denver area. The papers are the Littleton
Independent, Castle Rock News-Press, Douglas County News-Press,
Elbert County News, Englewood Herald, Highlands Ranch Herald, Lone
Tree Voice, Parker Chronicle, Pikes Peak Courier View, Teller
County Extra, Centennial Citizen and The (Monument) Tribune.
Healey also manages the Great 8 Newspapers, which primarily
serve the communities west and north of Denver. The group includes
the Golden Transcript, Arvada Press, Lakewood Sentinel, Westminster
Window, Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Westsider and Wheat Ridge
“We are pleased that CMC will be in good hands,” ASP Westward
President James Hopson said. “Jerry Healey is a smart and energetic
publisher who knows the market well.”
Healey previously owned the Englewood Herald, Littleton
Independent and Highlands Ranch Herald from 1992-97. The mid-1990s
was one of the newspapers’ most successful eras.
“The combination of local ownership and dedication to quality
journalism and community involvement helped give the papers some of
their best readership years ever,” Healey said.
Healey, who lives in Highlands Ranch, said he and his wife are
excited about being involved in the communities his newspapers
serve. He also plans for Community Media of Colorado to dedicate
more space and energy to news stories, with the goal of each
newspaper having its own full-time dedicated reporter.
“The one thing I know for certain is that community journalism
is here to stay,” Healey said.
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