The Idaho Press has purchased Boise Weekly, an alternative weekly newspaper in Boise. Publication of Boise Weekly, published since 1992, will continue under the new ownership.
“We are very excited for Boise Weekly to be aligned with the Idaho Press,” said Idaho Press publisher Matt Davison. “As home delivery of the Idaho Press is now available in all of Ada County, the content and offerings of Boise Weekly will be perfect complementary content for readers in both Canyon and Ada counties.”
Sally Freeman, who has owned Boise Weekly since 2001, will stay on as publisher.
“We have been partners printing Boise Weekly at Idaho Press for many years,” Freeman said. “Adams Publishing Group believes in journalism, newspapers and communities. Together we will be stronger, and our partnership ensures the sustainability of Boise Weekly. We will continue to serve our community and provide the independent lens that our readers count on.”
The Boise Weekly office, at 523 Broad St. in downtown Boise, will also serve as the new Boise bureau for the Idaho Press, which this year expanded its coverage of the Treasure Valley to include all of Ada County. A team of Ada County reporters will be based in the Boise Weekly office.
The sale was finalized Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Idaho Press, previously known as the Idaho Press-Tribune, has a rich history as the paper of record in Canyon County, dating back to 1883.
In addition to maintaining its current staff of journalists covering Canyon County, the Idaho Press has brought on a team of reporters to expand its coverage into Ada County, including a Boise City Hall reporter; an Ada County government reporter; an Ada County public safety reporter; and Boise bureau chief Betsy Z. Russell, who covers Idaho politics and state government. In addition, an Idaho Press sports reporter will cover Ada County high school sports and be based in the Boise office.
The Idaho Press has expanded its coverage area as it sees an opportunity to serve a larger audience through print and digital news products covering the entire Treasure Valley.
Veteran journalist Jeanne Huff was brought on this year as the Idaho Press’ community engagement editor, leading the effort to bring back the third “feature” section of the paper each day. Brian Myrick was hired as the newspaper’s new photo editor. Veteran Idaho sports journalist Greg Lee joined the Idaho Press last month as the new sports editor.
With late deadlines for its printing press, the Idaho Press is able to deliver late-breaking news and late sports scores in the newspaper.
Boise Weekly is the latest acquisition for the Idaho Press’ parent company, Adams Publishing Group, which also owns the Idaho Falls Post Register and the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello along with several other weekly papers in eastern Idaho. In the Treasure Valley, the Idaho Press’ sister papers include the Meridian Press, the Emmett Messenger Index and the Kuna Melba News. Adams owns newspapers across the country in nearly every region of the United States.