Hersam Acorn Newspapers
|Key people||Martin Hersam, COO; Thomas Nash, publisher|
|Products||Weekly newspapers in Connecticut; Shoppers|
Hersam Acorn Newspapers is a family-owned weekly newspaper company based in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA. The company publishes 19 weeklies in Farfield and New Haven counties, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York, and several shopper publications in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont.
Hersam Acorn was founded in 1997 after the merger of the Hersam Publishing Company, founded in 1908, with Acorn Press, founded in 1937. In September 2007, the company made its largest acquisition to date, buying the former Hometown Publications and Trumbull Printing, founded in 1959, from Journal Communications, which had purchased them in 1979.
The original eight Hersam Acorn newspapers are all broadsheets and publish on Thursday. Following the Hometown acquisition, Hersam Acorn redesigned its 11 newest papers and said it would give them a local focus. Hersam Acorn newspapers in late 2007 (with weekly circulation in parentheses) were:
- Amity Observer of Orange, Connecticut (8,582—from Hometown; also covers Bethany and Woodbridge)
- Bridgeport News of Bridgeport, Connecticut (9,874—from Hometown)
- The Darien Times of Darien, Connecticut (6,454)
- Easton Courier of Easton, Connecticut (1,601—from Hometown)
- Fairfield Today of Fairfield, Connecticut (6,362—from Hometown)
- Greenwich Post of Greenwich, Connecticut (14,901—acquired in 2003)
- New Canaan Advertiser of New Canaan, Connecticut (6,815—founded in 1908)
- Lewisboro Ledger of Lewisboro, New York (2,201)
- Shelton Herald of Shelton, Connecticut (5,666—from Hometown)
- Milford Mirror of Milford, Connecticut (14,542—from Hometown)
- Monroe Courier of Monroe, Connecticut (3,783)
- The Redding Pilot of Redding, Connecticut (2,566)
- The Ridgefield Press of Ridgefield, Connecticut (7,296—oldest paper in the chain, established in 1875)
- Stratford Star of Stratford, Connecticut (14,719—from Hometown)
- Trumbull Times of Trumbull, Connecticut (6,520—from Hometown)
- Valley/Oxford Gazette of Derby, Connecticut (17,626—from Hometown; also covers Ansonia, Oxford and Seymour)
- The Weston Forum of Weston, Connecticut (4,103)
- The Wilton Bulletin of Wilton, Connecticut (3,406)
- "Hersam Acorn Makes Changes in 11 Papers It Bought Recently". NEPA Bulletin (Boston, Mass.), page 10, October 2007.
- Hersam Acorn Newspapers Expanded Market Coverage, accessed December 5, 2007.
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