A-T owner to purchase other papers in northern Ohio

SANDUSKY – Ogden Newspapers is to purchase the Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector from Sandusky Newspapers Inc., the two companies announced Thursday.

Ogden Newspapers CEO Robert Nutting said his family looks forward to continuing a legacy of community-based journalism that the Rau and White family has established in Sandusky and Norwalk.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to inherit the legacy of their impressive work, and we look forward to publishing great community-focused newspapers and running vital media platforms to serve a region as important as Sandusky and Norwalk, home to destinations such as Lake Erie and Cedar Point,” Nutting said.

David Rau, CEO of Sandusky Newspapers, said, “We’re fortunate to be able to turn the papers over to another family company, owned by the Nutting family, who have demonstrated a record of editorial independence and local emphasis, and have a long-standing commitment to quality community journalism. We believe they will be good stewards in the rapidly changing media world.”

The purchase expands the Ogden Newspapers’ role in providing community news in northern Ohio, as the company also publishes The Advertiser-Tribune. Nutting said the company is to focus on building a strong multimedia team to focus on community news and regional advertising opportunities in northern Ohio.

“The addition of the Sandusky Register and the Norwalk Reflector to our family of newspapers will provide opportunities to our readers — both in print and online — to experience more comprehensive community news coverage and in–depth reporting on regional issues,” Nutting said. “Also, with publications in Sandusky, Norwalk and Tiffin, we’re particularly excited about the potential to create greater marketing opportunities for local business seeking to expand their footprint in the region.”

Ogden Newspapers publishes 47 daily newspapers and a number of weekly newspapers in 16 states.

The sale is expected to close in late July.