HARLAN, IA – The Mores family, after 81 years of ownership, has sold Harlan Newspapers to Louie Mullen, owner of Blackbird LLC, according to Randy Cope, Cribb, Greene & Cope who represented the Mores family.
Alan Mores and Steve Mores are confident that Mullen’s organization will carry on the news and advertising coverage that the community has come to expect from the Harlan Newspapers.
“We are excited to see the positive changes that Blackbird LLC, will bring to the paper with fresh ideas and technology. Although the newspaper industry and the dissemination of news continue to evolve, the role that newspapers play in their local communities remains extremely important,” said Alan Mores and Steve Mores in a joint statement.
“I’m humbled and honored Steve and Alan would give me this opportunity,” Mullen said. “The Mores have run an amazing business. They’re a testament to our industry.”
Effective immediately, Mullen named veteran journalist Joshua Byers to the publisher position.
“Mullen and his new publisher both share our primary ideology that newspapers should strive to be a reflection of the communities they serve through their local staffs,” Steve Mores said.
“We are confident that Mullen and Byers will be embraced and will thrive because of this. As a family we have prided ourselves on innovation and caring for employees, our community and our advertisers,” added Alan Mores.
Byers said he’s been impressed by the staff’s dedication and has enjoyed getting to know Steve and Alan.
“I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the community and continuing the great legacy that Steve and Alan have built,” Byers said. “Those are some big shoes to fill.”
Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene and Cope represented the Mores family in their sale. Cribb, Greene & Cope is a leading merger and acquisition firm with offices in Arkansas, Montana, and California.