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Lee Enterprises
Type LEE)
Industry Media
Founded 1890
Headquarters Davenport, Iowa
Key people A.W. Lee, Founder
Mary Junck, President, CEO, Chairman
Products Newspapers and television station
Employees 10,700[1]
Website Lee Enterprises website

Lee Enterprises is a publicly traded American media company. It publishes 54 daily newspapers in 23 states, and more than 300 weekly, classified, and specialty publications. Lee Enterprises was founded in 1890 by Alfred Wilson Lee and is based in Davenport, Iowa.

The company also provides online services, including websites supporting its daily newspapers and other publications. Lee also owns 82.5% of, an Internet service company. The company offers commercial printing services to its customers.

Lee Enterprises is currently the fourth largest newspaper group in the United States of America. The company acquired Howard Publications (16 daily newspapers) for $694 million in 2002[2] and Pulitzer, Inc. (14 daily, over 100 non-daily), for $1.5 billion in 2005.[3]

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Debt Discharge and Reorganization 2011

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011.[4] It emerged from bankruptcy less than two months later. In April 2012, Warren Buffett took a stake in Lee Enterprises (through Berkshire Hathaway Inc.), buying $85 million of the company's debt from Goldman Sachs Group.[5]

In June 2012, Berkshire Hathaway filed an amended Form 13F (13F-HR/A) for the period ending March 31, 2012.[6] This document disclosed that Berkshire accumulated $2,119,000 or 1,655,125 common shares of Lee Enterprises, or a 3.2 percent stake.[7] The document noted that the confidentiality of this transaction was requested but denied by the SEC on May 25, 2012.[8]

2013 Bailout and Recapitalization

In April 2013, Lee Enterprises announced that Berkshire Hathaway refinanced the remaining debt maturity date of the debt from December 2015 to April 2017. At the time of the announcement Lee Enterprises noted they had $893 million left to pay off.

Lee newspapers

State City Newspaper
Arizona Flagstaff Arizona Daily Sun
Tucson Arizona Daily Star
California Hanford The Sentinel
Lompoc The Lompoc Record
Napa Napa Valley Register
Santa Maria Santa Maria Times
Hawaii Lihue The Garden Island
Idaho Burley South Idaho Press
Twin Falls Times-News
Illinois Bloomington The Pantagraph
Carbondale The Southern Illinoisan
Charleston Times-Courier
Decatur Herald & Review
Gibson City Gibson City Courier
Mattoon Journal Gazette
Indiana Munster The Times
Iowa Davenport Quad-City Times
Mason City Globe Gazette
Osage Mitchell County Press-News
Muscatine Muscatine Journal
Sioux City Sioux City Journal
Waterloo Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Kentucky Maysville The Ledger Independent
Minnesota Winona Winona Daily News
Missouri Park Hills Daily Journal
St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch
Town and Country Suburban Journals
Montana Billings Billings Gazette
Butte Montana Standard
Hamilton Ravalli Republic
Helena Independent Record
Missoula Missoulian
Nebraska Beatrice Beatrice Daily Sun
Columbus Columbus Telegram
Fremont Fremont Tribune
Lincoln Lincoln Journal Star
Nevada Elko Elko Daily Free Press
New York Auburn The Citizen
Glens Falls The Post-Star
North Dakota Bismarck The Bismarck Tribune
Oregon Albany Albany Democrat-Herald
Bandon Bandon Western World
Coos Bay The World
Corvallis Corvallis Gazette-Times
Lebanon Lebanon Express
Reedsport The Umpqua Post
Pennsylvania Carlisle The Sentinel
South Carolina Orangeburg The Times and Democrat
South Dakota Rapid City Rapid City Journal
Utah Provo The Daily Herald
Washington Longview The Daily News
Wisconsin Baraboo Baraboo News Republic*
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen*
Chippewa Falls The Chippewa Herald
La Crosse La Crosse Tribune
Madison The Capital Times*
Madison Wisconsin State Journal*
Mauston Juneau County Star-Times*
Portage Portage Daily Register*
Racine The Journal Times
Reedsburg Reedsburg Times-Press*
Sauk City Sauk Prairie Eagle*
Viroqua The Vernon Broadcaster
Westby The Westby Times
Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Dells Events*
Wyoming Casper Casper Star-Tribune

* Newspaper owned by Capital Newspapers, a partnership with The Capital Times Company.

Defunct Television subsidiary (Sold 2000)

Lee formerly operated a broadcasting division, which it sold in 2000 to pay off debt and in order to focus on newspaper publishing. Most of the TV stations were sold to [1], and have all been sold, as of 2007, to other companies.

DMA Rank Market Station Years Owned Currently
22. Portland KOIN 6 1977–2000 CBS network affiliate owned by LIN Media
44. Albuquerque - Santa Fe KRQE 13 1991–2000 CBS network affiliate owned by LIN Media
63. Huntington - Charleston WSAZ-TV 3 1971–2000 NBC network affiliate owned by Gray Television
66. Tucson KGUN 9 1986–2000 ABC network affiliate owned by Journal Broadcast Group
69. Wichita - Hutchinson Plus KSNW 3/
KSNG 11/
1995–2000 NBC network affiliates owned by LIN Media
72. Honolulu KGMB 9
(now 5)
1977–2000 CBS network affiliate owned by Raycom Media
76. Omaha - Council Bluffs KMTV 3 1986–2000 CBS network affiliate owned by Journal Broadcast Group
98. El Paso - Las Cruces - Ciudad Juárez KMAZ 48 1993–1998 Telemundo network affiliate KTDO owned by ZGS Communications
138. Topeka KSNT 27 1995–2000 NBC network affiliate owned by LIN Media
154. Rochester - Mason City - Austin KGLO-TV 3** 1954–1977 CBS network affiliate KIMT owned by LIN Media
171. Quincy - Hannibal - Keokuk - Macomb KHQA-TV 7** 1953–1986 CBS network affiliate owned by Barrington Broadcasting
199. Mankato KEYC-TV 12** 1960–1977 CBS network affiliate owned by United Communications Corporation

In addition, Lee also operated KASY-TV in Albuquerque which was owned by Ramar Communications. That station was a UPN affiliate. KASY was sold to WB affiliate KWBQ in 1999 when the LMA was terminated.

** - indicates a station built and signed-on by Lee Enterprises.


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