Adams Publishing Group

Adams Publishing Group LLC (APG) is a company that provides publishing services, including newspapers, periodicals, and website publishing in the United States. Its corporate headquarters is located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Mark Adams, the son of Stephen Adams, founded Adams Publishing Group in late 2013. In March 2014, APG began to acquire newspapers and media related businesses. As of 2022, it owned more than 127 newspapers in 20 states and the District of Columbia.[1][2]

Adams Publishing Group LLC
Company typePrivate, LLC
Industrynewspaper, printing, multimedia
Headquarters4095 Coon Rapids Blvd
Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433 United States, ,
United States
Key people
  • Mark Adams CEO
  • Nickolas Monico COO
  • Newspapers
  • magazines
  • marketing
  • tourism & travel
  • printing
  • events
  • digital media

Acquisitions edit

In 2014, Adams Publishing Group acquired 34 publications from American Consolidated Media.[3] Later in 2014, Adams Publishing acquired newspapers in southern Minnesota from Huckle Publishing including[4] Chronotype Publishing in Rice Lake, Wisconsin and Athens News (Athens, Ohio).[5] In 2015, Adams Publishing Group purchased the Dundalk Eagle in Maryland.[6]

In 2015, Adams purchased Southern Maryland Newspapers and Comprint Military Publications from The Washington Post.[7] In October 2015, Adams purchased the newspapers of the McCraken Newspaper Group, which included the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and the Laramie Boomerang.[8] In November 2015, Adams purchased the Post Company, which published the daily Idaho Post Register and weekly newspapers Shelley Pioneer, Challis Messenger, and Jefferson Star.[9] In December 2015, Adams purchased The Crescent-News in Defiance, Ohio.[10] In 2016, Adams purchased ECM Publishers, Inc, a Minnesota-based publisher of 50 community newspapers, and Jones Media, a Tennessee-based publisher of 10 community newspapers.[11]

In 2017, Adams acquired a group of newspapers in Mount Airy, North Carolina and The Carroll News in Virginia from Champion Media.[12] In October 2017, Adams announced its acquisition of the Pioneer News Group.[13]

In 2018, Adams acquired Cooke Communications.[14] In June 2019, Adams purchased the Janesville Gazette and the Marinette Eagle Herald in Wisconsin from Bliss Communications.[15]

In late 2022, Adams bought 13 small Montana newspapers from the Yellowstone Newspapers chain.[16] Adams already owned the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Belgrade News in Montana.

Disputes edit

Adams Publishing Group fired the news editor of Athens (Ohio) News in February 2022 for running a warning that an advertisement placed by Adam's national ad desk for a collectible coin operation could be fraudulent.[17] Adams Publishing Group disputed the claims of the former editor of Athens (Ohio) News regarding the reasons surrounding the dismissal. [18]

In 2021, editorial staff at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle formed a union, the Yellowstone News Guild, to address low pay, high cost of living, ongoing furloughs and other disputes.[19] As of early 2023, the union was still negotiating with the company for its first contract.[20]

Adams family edit

Mark Adams, CEO, is a third generation media person. His grandfather, Cedric Adams, was active in radio, television, and newspapers. His father, Stephen Adams, graduated from Stanford Business School in 1962 and owns a company that specializing in advertising and outdoor equipment. [21]

Media publications edit

Adams Publishing Group has three Divisions: East (Nickolas Monico, Divisional President), Central (Jeff Patterson, Divisional President), and West (Nickolas Monico, Divisional President). The newspapers owned by APG in each division are listed below, along with the location of the newspaper and its publication frequency. APG also publishes numerous magazines and advertising publications.[2][22]

APG East edit



  • The Arcadian, Arcadia, FL, Weekly
  • The Charlotte Sun, Port Charlotte, FL, Daily
  • Charlotte Sun Times, Port Charlotte, FL, Weekly
  • The Englewood Sun, Englewood, FL, Daily
  • The Florida Keys Free Press, Tavernier, FL, Weekly
  • The Key West Citizen, Key West, FL, Monday-Saturday
  • The North Port Sun, North Port, FL, Daily
  • The Punta Gorda Herald, Port Charlotte, FL, Weekly
  • The Venice Gondolier Sun, Venice, FL, Twice Weekly
  • West Villages Sun, North Port, FL, Weekly



  • The Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion, Gladwin, MI, Weekly

North Carolina[2]


  • The Athens Messenger, Athens, OH, Daily
  • The Athens News, Athens, OH, Twice weekly
  • Circleville Herald, Logan, OH, Daily
  • The Crescent-News, Defiance, OH, Daily
  • The Logan Daily News, Logan, OH, Daily
  • Perry County Tribune, New Lexington, OH, Weekly
  • The Pike County News Watchman, Waverly, OH, Twice weekly
  • The Vinton County Courier, McArthur, OH, Weekly



  • The Carroll News, Hillsville, VA, Weekly
  • Pentagram, Fort Myer, VA, Weekly

APG West edit







APG Central edit



  • Antigo Daily Journal, Antigo, WI, Daily
  • Ashland Daily Press, Ashland, WI, Weekly
  • Beloit Daily News, Beloit, WI, Daily
  • Cambridge News & Deerfield Independent, Cambridge & Deerfield, WI, Weekly
  • The Chronotype, Rice Lake, WI, Weekly
  • The Country Today, Eau Claire, WI, Weekly
  • The Courier, Waterloo & Marshall, WI, Weekly
  • Daily Jefferson County Union, Fort Atkinson, WI, Daily
  • DeForest Times-Tribune, DeForest, WI, Weekly
  • Eagle Herald, Marinette, WI, Daily
  • The Gazette, Janesville, WI, Daily
  • Herald-Independent & McFarland Thistle, Cottage Grove, Monona & McFarland, WI, Weekly
  • Lake Mills Leader, Lake Mills, WI, Weekly
  • Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, WI, Daily
  • Lodi Enterprise & Poynette Press, Lodi & Poynette, WI, Weekly
  • Milton Courier, Milton, WI, Weekly
  • Price County Review, Park Falls, Phillips, WI, Weekly
  • Sawyer County Record, Hayward, WI, Weekly
  • Spooner Advocate, Spooner, WI, Weekly
  • Sun Prairie Star, Sun Prairie, WI, Twice Weekly
  • Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, WI, Daily
  • Waunakee Tribune, Waunakee, WI, Weekly

References edit

  1. ^ "Adams Publishing Group LLC". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "About Adams Publishing Group". Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "APG acquires three newspaper divisions from ACM". Dirks Vaneseen. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Adams Publishing Group, LLC acquires Huckle Media LLC". ADAMSPUBGRadmin. Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Adams Publishing Group, LLC acquires Chronotype Publishing Company". Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Wells, Carrie (January 6, 2015). "Weekly Dundalk Eagle newspaper sold". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Hammer, Barb. "Adams Publishing Group acquires The Post Community Media Group's Southern Maryland Newspapers and Comprint Military Publications". Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Hammer, Barb. "Adams Publishing Group, LLC acquires McCraken Newspaper Group". Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Luke Ramseth (October 7, 2015). "Adams Publishing Group buys Post Register, weekly publications". Post Register.
  10. ^ Hammer, Barb. "Adams Publishing Group, LLC acquires Defiance Publishing Company, LLC". Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Harwell, Drew (June 12, 2015). "Gazette papers in Montgomery, Prince George's to close". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Adams Publishing Group acquires Mount Airy Group from Champion Media
  13. ^ Hammer, Barb. "Pioneer News Group selling media division to Adams Publishing Group". Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "APG acquires Cooke Communications". Grand Rapids Herald-Review. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  15. ^ Romell, Rick. "The Gazette, Janesville's daily newspaper, will be sold after 136 years in the Bliss family". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  16. ^ Dietrich, Eric (October 24, 2022). "Adams Publishing purchases Yellowstone Newspapers chain". Montana Free Press. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  17. ^ "Firing of Athens NEWS editor sparks backlash". The New Political. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  18. ^ "A note from the APG Ohio president and publisher". The Athens Messenger. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  19. ^ "Bozeman journalists vote for Yellowstone News Guild". May 18, 2022. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  20. ^ Ehrlick, Darrell (February 16, 2023). "Bozeman Daily Chronicle journalists say company won't budge on pay, work hours". Daily Montanan. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  21. ^ Edmonds, Rick (October 23, 2017). "Who are the Adams Family and Why are they buying newspapers by the dozen?". Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  22. ^ "APG Newsletter, August 2019". Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  23. ^ "Newark Post". newarkpostonlin. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  24. ^ "Member Directory". Florida Press Association. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  25. ^ "Minnesota Newspaper Association, Directory" (PDF). Minnesota Newspaper Association. Retrieved February 7, 2020.