“We are excited to add the Chatham News + Record to the North State Journal family,” said Neal Robbins, North State Media’s president and the publisher of the North State Journal. “We believe the long-term viability of North Carolina’s independent press lies in local ownership and strategic business planning. This acquisition furthers our goal to elevate the conversation across North Carolina while ensuring local communities are part of that conversation.”
North State Media is the owner of North State Journal, North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper. In addition to its statewide edition, North State Journal will now have local editions in six counties — Chatham, Forsyth, Hoke, Moore, Randolph and Stanly.
“Over the coming weeks, Chatham News + Record readers can expect to see expanded content and new sections in addition to the award-winning local coverage they have enjoyed since 1878,” said Matt Mercer, editor-in-chief of the North State Journal.
Chatham Media Group’s owners — Kirk Bradley, Chris Ehrenfeld and Bill Horner III — acquired the Chatham News and Chatham Record from the Resch family in October of 2018.