Kenosha News thanks Brown family after sale to Lee

KENOSHA – On the day before it joined Lee Enterprises, the Kenosha News on Thursday printed a thank you to the Brown family for 57 years of ownership.

Brown family, Betsy and Howard Brown
Betsy and Howard Brown. (Photo: Kenosha News)

Howard and Betsy Brown purchased the Kenosha Evening News in 1961. The name changed to its current format a year later, and the Browns have called Kenosha home ever since.

“When my father purchased the Kenosha Evening News 57 years ago, my parents’ love affair with Kenosha and the paper began,” said Lucy Brown, president and CEO of United Communications Corp.

Many employees at the Kenosha News have worked for the Brown family for their entire careers, spanning decades. But as the News celebrates its 125th anniversary year, the Brown family decided the time was right to sell the newspaper to Lee.

“We came to the gut-wrenching conclusion that it is virtually impossible for a standalone newspaper cluster to operate successfully in this new media environment,” Lucy Brown told staff on Monday.

“Ultimately ownership by Lee ensures the Kenosha News and Lake Geneva Regional News will be in a position to serve our communities for many years to come.”

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