Colorado Mountain News Media joins forces with Grand Junction’s Free Press
GYPSUM ” Grand Junction’s Free Press has a new partner, starting today. It is Colorado Mountain News Media, which publishes a number of papers in Western Colorado, including dailies in Aspen, Vail and Glenwood Springs, as well as the weekly Citizen Telegram in Rifle.
Robert Brown, chief operating officer of Colorado Mountain News Media, said they are delighted the Free Press is joining its family of Colorado papers. Colorado Mountain News Media will manage the Free Press.
Brown explained that Colorado Mountain News Media is a family-owned company that has a long history of publishing community newspapers. In Colorado, in addition to those four neighboring newspapers, CMNM owns the Summit County daily newspaper plus weeklies in Snowmass, Carbondale, Eagle and Leadville.
“Bringing The Free Press into our family of papers reflects our commitment to community journalism,” said Brown. “Our intention is to preserve and strengthen a valuable community asset that has rapidly become a vital part of the community of Grand Junction.
“We intend to maintain ” and strengthen ” the unique editorial voice of the Free Press,” Brown continued. “We know that the Grand Junction community has welcomed this brand-new newspaper and we want to continue to earn that welcome ” every day.”
Bob Lombardi has been named publisher of the Free Press.
Lombardi has a long and distinguished career in Colorado journalism, working with community papers on the East and West Slope and serving a term as the president of the Colorado Press Association.
For the past two years, Lombardi has been working with Colorado Mountain News Media group, publishing the Bargain Hunter. During that time, he has worked closely with the Free Press and has come to admire both the paper and the community it serves.
“Grand Junction is a wonderful place to live and work,” Lombardi said. “And the Free Press has already created the foundation of a wonderful community newspaper and it has built a strong staff of talented, dedicated journalists. I am excited about the prospects for the future. This is going to be great!”
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