Pioneer’s philosophy is to combine the best elements of family ownership with the advantages and operating efficiencies of a larger organization. Resources and buying power are pooled at every opportunity, and the company provides leadership, training and support to its employees. Pioneer’s operational decisions are not based on short-term profit considerations but on the long-term best interests of the publications, print and online, and the communities they serve. The objective is to have well-trained people operating in state-of-the-art facilities to achieve this goal. Editorial and advertising decisions are best made at the local level, consistent with the basic responsibilities of corporate management.
A great deal is expected from the employees of Pioneer News Group, Co. While they must focus on productivity and be able to recognize and develop revenue potential, all employees must also manage their operations as good citizens, use their facilities to further community welfare and focus on the long-term role of products they produce in their markets.
Our industry is constantly changing and we are committed to adapting our business model to remain competitive. Pioneer began as strictly a print publisher, but has evolved into a more diverse multimedia company. We’re proactively matching up to a changing marketplace in order to better fill the needs of our customers and advertisers through multiple publishing platforms.
Pioneer News Group, Co. is a family media business owned by members of the Scripps Family. The Scripps Family has a long history in newspapers, starting with E.W. Scripps in Cleveland in 1878. Pioneer News Group, Co. was formed in 1974 by James G. Scripps, who died in 1986; his granddaughter Marnie Roozen is Chairwoman of the company’s Board of Directors. The company’s name changed in 2013 to Pioneer News Group, Co. to reflect its expansion to produce news and advertising both in print and digital formats.
Pioneer News Group, Co. is the majority owner of a number of separate publishing businesses, each of which operates a daily newspaper in these communities: Klamath Falls, Oregon; Logan, Utah; Nampa, Idaho; Pocatello, Idaho; Bozeman, Montana; Rexburg, Idaho; and Ellensburg, Wash. The company also owns weekly newspapers in Big Sky, Belgrade and West Yellowstone, Montana; Emmett, Driggs, Meridian, Preston and Montpelier Idaho; Tremonton, Utah; and Lakeview, Oregon, as well as a shopper publication in Klamath Falls. In 2000, Pioneer established a production facility in Preston, Idaho, and Bear River Publishing Co. now provides printing services to several Pioneer News Group, Co. as well as to many commercial customers. Pioneer also provides management services to and is closely associated with the Skagit Valley Publishing Co., owner of the daily newspaper in Mount Vernon, Washington and weekly publications in Anacortes, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley and Camano Island, Washington.
Pioneer Board of Directors, publishers, corporate staff and families at a 2013 group meeting in Sun Valley, ID.
Pioneer News Group, Co. is committed to maintaining a small corporate staff. The company’s corporate overhead is substantially below the industry average.
The president and CEO of Pioneer News Group, Co. is Mike Gugliotto. Prior to joining Pioneer, Mike was vice president of Lehman Communications and general manager of the Longmont, Colorado Daily Times-Call. He has over 25 years of experience in the newspaper industry. Mike is a member of the advisory committee of the University of Washington School of Communications, on committees for the Newspaper Association of America and the Inland Press Association and on the Board of Directors for Certified Audit of Circulation, American Press Institute, and the Inland Press Association. Mike is married with two children.
Mark Cohen is the vice president and chief operating officer for Pioneer News Group, Co. Prior to joining Pioneer, Mark was vice president of advertising for Gatehouse Media New England, the director of sales and marketing for Morris Newspapers and vice president for the CNHI newspaper group. He has over 25 years of experience in the media business. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark has been married for 30 years and has two children.
Jeff Hood is Pioneer’s chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary. Before joining Pioneer, Jeff was the CFO of Sierra Energy, a California-based oil, gas and real estate holding company. He has over 25 years experience in the media business, including twelve years as director of audit, tax and corporate information systems at The McClatchy Co. Jeff is married and has three children.
Pioneer News Group, Co.
221 First Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119-4224