The Hudson Reporter
The newspaper's headquarters since June 2016, at 447 Broadway in Bayonne
|Owner(s)||Lucha Malato and David Unger|
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002
The Hudson Reporter is a newspaper chain based in Hudson County, New Jersey. It is the only weekly newspaper chain in Hudson County and one of only two newspaper companies in this busy metropolitan area. The Hudson Reporter publications focus on local politics and community news. In addition to articles written by the staff, the papers print readers' letters to the editor. The oldest newspaper in the chain is the Hoboken Reporter, founded in 1983.
The company publishes eight weekly newspapers and three local lifestyle magazines. The papers cover news and features in Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, North Bergen, Weehawken, Secaucus, West New York, Union City, and Guttenberg. The lifestyle magazines cover Bayonne (Bayonne: Life on the Peninsula), Hoboken (07030), and Jersey City (Jersey City Magazine).
The Hudson Reporter was founded in 1983 by Hoboken-based developer Joseph Barry, founder of the development company Applied Housing, who bought the weekly Hoboken Pictorial and its group of local newspapers. Its first newspaper was The Hoboken Reporter, which Barry published out of a small building in downtown Hoboken. It subsequently moved to a basement office on 14th Street. As Barry's real estate holdings in Hudson County grew throughout the 1980s, the organization bought a chain of local newspapers and consolidated them into a coordinated weekly paper group. In 1995 the chain moved to a large, historic bank building at 1400 Washington Street, across the street from the basement office. In 1999, with the real estate market becoming even busier, Barry no longer had time to dedicate to the newspapers and sold his majority share in the company to his minority partners, general manager Lucha Malato and advertising director David Unger. In 2004, the group bought the Bayonne Community News.
In early June 2016, after 33 years in Hoboken, the paper moved its main office to 447 Broadway in Bayonne, three blocks from the 22nd Street Light Rail station. The consolidation of the staff at the new location also saw the closing of the small satellite office in Bayonne that published the Bayonne Community News for years. Among the reasons Malato cited for the move was the amount of unused space at previous Hoboken location, such as the large darkroom that became obsolete since the staff's adoption of digital photography around 2000. The company continues to maintain its distribution facility in North Bergen.
The chain and its writers have won numerous awards for investigative reporting, going beyond the norm for weekly newspapers. The company has become a training ground for reporters and writers in the New York area, having sent two to The New York Times, and several to other top publications including The Star-Ledger and news organizations like Associated Press. Other writers have published novels and nonfiction books, and written for television.
The company publishes nine weekly community newspapers:
- Jersey City Reporter
- Hoboken Reporter
- Union City Reporter
- West New York Reporter
- Weehawken Reporter
- North Bergen Reporter
- Secaucus Reporter
- Bayonne Community News
- Hudson Current, an arts and entertainment publication
The company also publishes three magazines:
- Jersey City Magazine, printed twice annually
- 07030, a magazine about Hoboken
- Bayonne: Life on the Peninsula
Until late 2006, the company published the Gateway Guide, a quarterly New Jersey tourism magazine.
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- "About this special edition". The Hudson Reporter. November 4, 2012. Page 1
- Steinberg, Becki (June 10, 2010). "College alumnus to re-release lauded novel". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Accessed 13 June 2010.
- Jersey City Magazine
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