March 02, 2014 3:37 PM
Staff Reports

NEW YORK • The Daily Press, the Desert Dispatch and a handful of local weekly newspapers have been sold to New Media Investment Group, the largest owner of newspapers in the country.

New Media bought the two daily newspapers and four weeklies from Freedom Communications. The weeklies include the Lucerne Valley Leader, Hesperia Star, Apple Valley Review and El Mojave.

The Daily Press has a daily circulation of 18,031 and the Desert Dispatch has a daily circulation of 2,069.

New Media is the owner of GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally-based print and online media in the United States. The newspapers will be managed by GateHouse Media.

Founded by John Barry, the Victor Press printed its first weekly edition on Oct. 15, 1937. The paper expanded to Monday through Friday publication in 1967, changing its name to the Daily Press. A Sunday edition was added nine years later.

Freedom Newspapers Inc. purchased the paper in 1978, and Saturday publication was added in 1987. The company purchased the Desert Dispatch in Barstow in 1995, and the two papers combine to publish a Sunday edition called the Press Dispatch.

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