Examiner Newspaper Group, Inc.
Houston Community Newspapers Examiner Newspaper Group offices
Parent companyHouston Chronicle
StatusActive
Founded2001; 23 years ago (2001)
FoundersGeorge Boehme and Edwin Henry
Country of originUnited States
Publication typesBellaire Examiner, Memorial Examiner, River Oaks Examiner, and West University Examiner
Nonfiction topicsLocal news
Owner(s)Hearst Corporation
Official websitewww.yourexaminernews.com

The Examiner Newspaper Group, Inc. consists of a set of four community newspapers owned by the Hearst Corporation, doing business as Houston Community Newspapers (HCN). The publications include the Bellaire Examiner, Memorial Examiner, River Oaks Examiner, and West University Examiner.[1] All four newspapers were headquartered in the HCN Southwest Office-Central facility in Houston.[2]

The company was previously a separate entity headquartered in Rice Village, Houston.[3][4][5] It was later acquired by ASP Westward and later 1013 Star Communications, before becoming a part of the Hearst Corporation in 2016.

History

In 2001 George Boehme and Edwin Henry started the group, with Boehme as the publisher and Henry as the editor. The first publication from the group was the West University Examiner. The second one was the River Oaks Examiner, and the third publication, the Memorial Examiner, followed.[6]

In 2004 the group won the "Best Community Newspaper Houston 2004" award from the Houston Press.[6]

In 2006 George Boehme sold the Examiner Newspaper Group to ASP Westward, doing business as "Houston Community Newspapers",[7] for $2.1 million.[8] At the time, the purchase price was not disclosed.[9]

In 2010 the Houston Press ranked the Examiner Newspaper Group division of the HCN the "Best Community Newspaper Houston 2010".[10]

In 2012 1013 Star Communications acquired Houston Community Newspapers from ASP Westward.[11]

[12] In 2016 the Hearst Corporation acquired Houston Community Newspapers. It is the parent company of the Houston Chronicle.[13] As part of the deal the Examiner papers became a part of the Hearst Corporation.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ Downing, Margaret (23 February 2011). "HISD Trustee Harvin Moore Wants the State to Man Up". Houston Press Blogs. Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Houston Community Newspapers 2013 Contact Page" (PDF). Houston Community Newspaper. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  3. ^ Davis, Mitchell P. (1 January 2005). Power Media Bluebook W/ Talk Show Guest Directory (15th ed.). Broadcast Interview Source. ISBN 978-0-934333-50-4. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  4. ^ Williams, Sarah (26 November 2003). "Examiner joins West U, merchants in food drive". Examiner News. Archived from the original on 28 November 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  5. ^ "Rice Village Businesses". RiceVillageOnline.com. 2004. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Best Community Newspaper Houston 2004". Houston Press. 2014. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  7. ^ Zheng, Zen T.C. (16 January 2008). "Local news service operator sued". Inside Fort Bend. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  8. ^ Zheng, Zen T.C. "Legal battle against local media outlets rages on". Inside Fort Bend. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Around the Region: Business". Chron. 29 April 2006. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Best Community Newspaper Houston 2010 - Examiner Newspaper Group, Houston Community Newspapers" (Archive). Houston Press. Retrieved on April 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Houston Community Newspapers acquired by 1013 Star Communications". Chron. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  12. ^ Pulsinelli, Olivia (2012-08-28). "Houston Community Newspapers sold to Nevada company". Houston Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  13. ^ Lewis, Al (2016-07-29). "Hearst purchases community newspapers across Houston's suburbs". Katy Rancher at the Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  14. ^ "Hearst Purchases Locally-Focused Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group". Hearst Corporation at MarketWired. 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2017-01-22.