GateHouse to acquire several Kansas newspapers

KSN News (file)
KSN News

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – A division of newspaper company GateHouse Media will acquire the newspapers and most other assets of Kansas-based Harris Enterprises Inc.

The Salina Journal reports that the two companies made the announcement Monday. The new owner takes over Dec. 1.

In Kansas, Harris owns the Salina paper as well as The Hutchinson News, The Garden City Telegram, The Hays Daily News and The Ottawa Herald. Harris also owns The Burlington Hawk Eye in Iowa.

GateHouse owns newspapers in 36 states. In Kansas, they’re in cities that include Newton and Pittsburg. In Iowa, GateHouse has papers in Ames and other cities.

Harris president Bruce Buchanan says GateHouse has a “broad footprint and can compete on a national level.” No layoffs are planned, although Buchanan and Harris’ chief financial officer won’t stay.