Daily founder sells California dailies
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Vail Daily founder and Arrowhead resident Jim Pavelich has sold a group of daily newspapers he co-founded in California to Knight-Ridder Newspapers, the second-largest newspaper company in the country.Pavelich, 51, co-founded the Vail Daily with Jon Van Housen in 1981 and founded the Summit Daily in 1989. In 1993, he sold both papers to their current owners, Swift Newspapers. He and partners Dave Danforth and Dave Price began publishing the Palo Alto Daily News in December, 1995. In 2000, the Daily News expanded, publishing daily papers in the nearby Bay Area cities of San Mateo, Burlingame and Redwood City. Vail Daily City Editor Matt Zalaznick was formerly a reporter for the Palo Alto Daily News and also worked for the other three newspapers.
In 2002 the Daily News started a new paper in Los Gatos, also in the Bay Area. Like the other editions of the Daily News, it began with eight pages and has now grown to between 24 and 56 pages per day.”I never left the valley,” Pavelich said. “I just commute.” He said he spends several days every other week in the Bay area.Pavelich and Price will continue to oversee the Palo Alto Daily News, Los Gatos Daily News, Redwood City Daily News, the San Mateo Daily News and the Burlingame Daily News for the new owners. Pavelich continues to operate the Denver Daily News, which he founded in the spring of 2001.”They came to us, and before selling, we researched what they had done in other cities,” Price said in a press release. “Every time they have acquired a newspaper, that paper improved in every area, from news to circulation, from advertising to printing. We’re happy to be working with them.”
No sales price was disclosed for the sale of the California publications.The trio started the free circulation Palo Alto Daily News Dec. 7, 1995. The first issue was eight pages and had a circulation of 3,000, but “was in the black within 10 months,” Price said.The newspapers, which have a combined circulation of 56,0000, have won numerous state and regional awards including 21 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards from the Peninsula Press Club last year alone. Price has been the first place winner in the California Newspaper Publishers Association for dailies with a circulation of 25,000 to 75,000.San Jose-based Knight Ridder publishes 31 daily newspapers in 28 U.S. markets with a readership of 9 million daily and 12.7 million Sunday, and also operates RealCities.com, the nation’s largest network of city and regional Web sites.
Price was the founding editor of the Aspen Times Daily in 1989, and had previously worked at the Aspen Daily News and KSNO radio. Danforth is the founder and continues to own the Aspen Daily News, and also founded papers in Berkeley and in Conway, New Hampshire.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado