Long Islander Newspapers Sold
A historic newspaper chain has found a new home in the hands of community members with a love for its history, reputation and potential.
Long Islander Newspapers, LLC – publishers of The Long-Islander, its flagship paper founded in 1838 by the poet Walt Whitman; the Half Hollow Hills Newspaper and The Record newspaper – has been purchased by a group of investors, all of whom are Town of Huntington residents.
Heading the investment group is businessman James V. Kelly, of Huntington, CEO of JVKellyGroup, Inc.
“I am thrilled to lead this group of investors in acquiring Huntington’s top newspaper group,” Kelly, who now carries the title of publisher and CEO of Long Islander Newspapers, said. “The team at Long Islander Newspapers every week delivers on its promise of putting out a top-quality, reliable, unbiased and accurate product. We look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence, as well as to embarking on what will be an exciting time as we implement new ideas and explore the almost limitless possibilities the digital age offers for the continued expansion and growth of the company.”
One of Huntington’s oldest businesses, The Long-Islander carries with it a rich history and longstanding tradition of journalistic excellence. Continuing its 175th year, it is now the flagship paper of a townwide chain that includes The Record, serving Northport, East Northport, Elwood, Asharoken, Eaton’s Neck and Commack; and The Half Hollow Hills Newspaper, for the Dix Hills and Melville communities.
In addition to its community weeklies, Long Island Newspapers is the founder and organizer of Dine Huntington Restaurant Week, held every October. The company also publishes for the legal community in the Long Island/NY Metro area markets through its Legal Media Publishing division.
Kelly purchased the news group from Tribco, LLC, the parent company of several newspapers, including the Queens Tribune. Michael Schenkler, president of Tribco, had served as publisher of Long Islander Newspapers since 2006.
As head of JVKellyGroup, a consulting firm that provides cost reduction and risk mitigation solutions for some of the world’s largest companies, Kelly brings to the newspaper group business skills and experience honed in the global marketplace. He was formerly Managing Director and Global Head of Purchasing Operations at Deutsche Bank, and previously, a Team Leader in the Center of Excellence for Business-to-Business eCommerce as part of the Sourcing and Strategic Relations practice area at Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group/DRT Systems.
Kelly, his son James Kelly III and Ross Weber recently launched Market Salad, a multi-faceted marketing company that incorporates digital-age strategies with traditional advertising approaches.
Kelly served as the chairman of the board of the Huntington Chamber from 2005- 2009, and is universally credited with securing the fiscal stability of the organization. He was reinstated as a co-chair in June as the chamber transitions to a new chairman.
Kelly also serves as Vice Commodore of the Huntington Yacht Club and a board member of the Huntington Arts Council.
“We’re excited by the resources that Jim Kelly and his group bring to the table,” said Long Islander Newspapers Associate Publisher Peter Sloggatt. “Jim is a savvy businessman on a global level, but has a demonstrated and strong commitment to his community. We’re looking forward to becoming tech-savvy and digitally adept in a way that would make Walt Whitman proud.”
The newspapers will continue to be a strong presence in the Town of Huntington, retaining all present staff members. The offices will move to 145 E. Main St. in Huntington at this week’s end. The phone number, 631-427-7000, and all email addresses, including the general email@example.com, will remain the same.