Stephens Media buys Perry Chief


LAS VEGAS — Stephens Media LLC, which owns and operates daily and weekly newspapers in 10 states, including Arkansas, added the Perry Chief to its holdings in Iowa, the company reported Friday.

The Chief joins the Ames Tribune and several central Iowa newspapers as part of the Stephens Media family of newspapers.

“The Chief is one of Iowa’s great community newspapers, and we are pleased to make it a part of our media family,” said Geoff Schumacher, publisher of the Ames Tribune. “We are eager to serve the readers and advertisers of Perry.”

Stephens Media purchased the Chief and the Chiefland Shopper from Lori Lott and her parents, Steve and Myrna Whitehead. The family had owned and operated the paper since 1928.

Lott , publisher since 2002, expressed confidence that the transition to new ownership will go smoothly.

“Perry and the Chief have always been successful at redefining themselves,” she said. “I believe this will be another shining example of that ability.”

Schumacher announced that Patricia Snyder, controller of the Ames Tribune, has been named publisher of the Chief. She also will oversee the Dallas County News, Northeast Dallas County Record and Grimes Today, all based in Adel.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Stephens Media publishes 11 daily and more than 50 weekly newspapers, a dozen magazines and numerous websites. Its flagship newspaper is the Las Vegas Review-Journal.