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|Owner(s)||New Media Investment Group|
|Headquarters||455 Sixth St. N.W. Winter Haven, Florida , 33880
The News Chief traces its beginnings to September 28, 1911, when the first edition of the weekly Florida Chief was published by its founder, M.M. "Dad" Lee.
Everything originally was handset, but, within four years, Lee had moved the newspaper to larger quarters and eventually acquired three linotype machines. During its 10th anniversary in September 1921, the newspaper went to twice-a-week publication, and three years later went to five days a week, Monday through Friday.
Galvin immediately acquired a weekly, The Winter Haven News, and combined it with the Florida Chief into the News Chief.
The newspaper eventually passed to the W.E. "Bill" Rynerson family, which later acquired the weekly Auburndale Star.
Disaster struck on Nov. 13, 1954, when a major fire destroyed the News Chief's downtown Winter Haven building and severely damaged most of the equipment.
A four-page Sunday edition was printed at The Winter Haven Herald to keep intact the record of not missing a scheduled publication day.
In December 1972, the News Chief moved from its downtown plant to new quarters.
The News Chief added to its holdings with the purchase of the Winter Haven Shopping Guide in 1978.
In 1979, the Rynerson family sold the News Chief to Multimedia Inc.
In 1990, the News Chief was sold to Stauffer Communications.
On December 1 2007, the News Chief and its other holdings, including the Polk Shopper, became part of GateHouse Media Inc.
In March 2008, GateHouse sold the News Chief's newspaper operations to The New York Times Company and its Lakeland newspaper, The Ledger. On January 6, 2012, Halifax Media Group became the new owner of the News Chief. In 2015, Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group, owner of the GateHouse chain.