Chicago Public Media and Sun-Times Explore Joining Forces
September 30, 2021 | Grantee News | Journalism & Media, Chicago Commitment
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Chicago Public Media is pursuing a deal to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times with MacArthur support. Chicago Public Media is home to Chicago’s NPR station WBEZ and, with the partnership, would form one of the largest nonprofit local media organizations in the U.S. The two news organizations would continue to serve their audiences, and the combination would expand their reach.

“MacArthur is excited to be an early supporter of this joint effort between Chicago Public Media and the Chicago Sun-Times,” said John Palfrey, President of the MacArthur Foundation. “As a longtime journalism and media funder, we are pleased to see emerging models devoted to addressing the crisis in the news media business and the significant challenges facing our democracy today. We hope these promising models result in stronger news organizations with more diverse staffs that do a better job of covering all communities.”

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