June 6, 1985 |
Pioneer California newspaper publisher Floyd Sparks, 85, agreed Wednesday to sell his three Northern California daily newspapers to Garden State Newspapers for a price that insiders estimated at about $68 million. Sparks, who entered the newspaper business when he bought the Oroville, Calif., Mercury-Register in 1932, sold the Daily Review in Hayward, the Argus in Fremont and the Tri-Valley Herald in Livermore, all suburban cities located east of the San Francisco Bay.
March 17, 2006 |
Karen Heller, a reporter and columnist at the venerable Philadelphia Inquirer for two decades, has lived through it all: the glory days of Pulitzer Prizes, the bloody budget battles with cost-cutting corporate parent Knight Ridder, the endless cycles of job losses and shrinkage. "It's like a soap opera that won't end," she said at her desk in the paper's vast, lightly populated newsroom. This week, there was another cliffhanger. Under duress from investors, Knight Ridder Inc.