Media Moves

Philanthropist Ricketts launching new news venture in Omaha

January 20, 2021

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Joe Ricketts

Businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts is planning on launching an online national news outlet called Straight Arrow News, and has chosen Omaha as his launching pad.

As per Ricketts, the news venture will be providing news without a political slant.

“I think there’s a gap in the market — there’s no source for unbiased, fact-based news. And I believe there’s a business opportunity there,” Ricketts said. “Some people say you can’t have unbiased news. I want to prove them wrong with Straight Arrow News.”

Also, search is underway for a video editor, senior producer, news reporter, and motion graphics designer/producer for

The company was incorporated in Delaware in July.

This will not be the first step into the field of journalism for Ricketts, as in 2009 he launched DNAinfo, a news website devoted to local news in New York City and Chicago. He also acquired New York-based news site, Gothamist, in 2017, then merged the two.

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