KUNA – Pioneer News Group, parent company of the Idaho Press-Tribune, is in the process of purchasing the Kuna Melba News, a weekly newspaper in Kuna.
Pioneer is purchasing the paper from RIM Publications, a Seattle-based company that has owned the Kuna Melba News since 2011.
“Adding the Kuna Melba News to Pioneer’s family of local community newspapers is extremely exciting,” said Idaho Press-Tribune President and Publisher Matt Davison. “We see enormous potential to provide the top-notch local journalism to the communities of Kuna and Melba for many, many years to come. Communities deserve a local newspaper that they can be proud of, and we hope that the residents of Kuna and Melba will embrace this change in ownership.”
Once finalized, expected by the end of this week, the purchase of the Kuna Melba News marks the third weekly newspaper under the ownership of Pioneer News Group in the Treasure Valley. Pioneer also owns the Emmett Messenger-Index and the Meridian Press. Adding the Kuna Melba News continues to expand Pioneer’s media footprint in the Treasure Valley.
The purchase of the Kuna Melba News also brings Scott McIntosh back to the masthead of the newspaper.
McIntosh, editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune, will also become the editor of the Kuna Melba News, a newspaper that he owned from 2006-2011.
“Of course, the Kuna Melba News is near and dear to my heart,” McIntosh said. “Owning the Kuna Melba News was a labor of love for me for those five years, and I am excited for the opportunity to bring it back to the award-winning newspaper it once was.”
The Kuna Melba News will be a publication of the Idaho Press-Tribune and will be distributed Wednesdays to its current subscribers and over the counter at several locations in Kuna and Melba.
The weekly newspaper will have a full online component and a full suite of social media components, as well.
Starting with next week’s issue, readers will see a bold new design for the paper, a new, larger, broadsheet page format and increased news coverage of city government, schools, businesses and the community. More improvements and increased coverage are planned for the future.
Danielle Wiley, who has been a reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune for the past year, will be the primary reporter for the Kuna Melba News.
Sales and Marketing Executive Steve Howard will handle the sale of advertising, and current Kuna Melba News office manager and sales representative Karri Keller will continue in her current position.