2015-12-24 / Front Page

Press changes ownership

Jeff McDonough has announced the sale of the Jamestown Press to Robert Berczuk.

McDonough has owned the newspaper for 25 years.

“I have mixed emotions about selling the Jamestown Press, as it has been such a large part of my life for so long,” McDonough said. “However, I believe the new owner will continue with the Press tradition of strong community journalism. I trust that I am leaving the paper in good hands.”

McDonough said he would like to thank the many advertisers and readers who have supported the paper throughout the years. “I would also like to express my appreciation to the many staff members of the Press who have worked at the paper during the past two and a half decades.”

“The decision to leave the Press was hard, but it was time for me to move on and pursue other interests,” he said. Although he has retired from active work, Mc- Donough plans to continue with writing and photography.

McDonough said he will remain in Jamestown.

“The island is my home. My children were raised here. I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” he said.

McDonough purchased the Jamestown Press from its founder, the late Peter Malloy, in 1990. Malloy had started the paper in 1989.

Berczuk, who has worked in newspapers across the country for the past 25 years, said he is excited to carry on the strong tradition the Press has built during Mc- Donough’s ownership.

“Jeff and his staff have a wonderful local paper,” he said. “Community papers are a vital part of any town. I’m looking forward to working with the staff to make the paper even better, as well as to get to know the area and its residents.”

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