TownNews.com is a company founded by Marc Wilson CEO, Robert P. Dalton, and Virginia R. Wilson as the International Newspaper Network (INN) in 1989 to help newspapers deal with developing technology. The three were owners of the weekly Bigfork (Montana) Eagle. Bob Keenan and Mike Brown joined the company in the early 1990s. With the increasing popularity of the web in the mid-1990s, efforts focused on helping newspapers bring their content to the Internet. Today, TownNews.com helps more than 1,500 newspapers publish interactive editions on the World Wide Web of the Internet using automation technology.
TownNews.com is headquartered in Moline, Illinois. Executives added since 2000 include CTO Brad Ward, head programmer Patrick O'lone, systems chief Chris Murley, and national sales VP Greg Booras. Many of its 92 employees work remotely.
Lee Enterprises, the fourth-largest newspaper group in the United States is an 83% stakeholder of TownNews.com. The Wilsons and Keenan remain minority partners. Lee Enterprises became the majority partner in 1996.
Over the years, TownNews.com has acquired various organizations, most notably ZWire, AdQuest, Anytime News, and DotConnect Media.
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