Media Moves

Two Kansas dailies sold to two high school buddies

April 14, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The following excerpt was sent out from Editor & Publisher:

Kansas Newspapers has sold the daily Parsons (Kansas) Sun and daily (Kansas) Tribune to Scott Wesner and Scott Wood. Wood and Wesner, high school classmates who both have extensive newspaper experience, have been steadily acquiring community newspapers in recent years.

Dirks, Van Essen & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New

Mexico, represented Kansas Newspapers in the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“It is an honor and a privilege to continue publishing these newspapers,” Scott Wesner said. “My business

partner, Scott Wood, and I look forward to working with the people of these wonderful communities.”Other newspapers recently acquired by Wood and Wesner include the Frederick (Oklahoma) Press-Leader, the Altus

(Oklahoma) Times, and the Mangum (Oklahoma) Star, which they bought in August 2022. Just a few months later, they acquired six newspapers in Texas from Roberts Publishing Co. These included the Lamesa Press-Reporter, The Slatonite, Andrews County News, Brownfield News, Seminole Sentinel and the Snyder News.


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