Elk Grove Citizen, Herburger Publications being sold

The official newspaper of record for Elk Grove, the Elk Grove Citizen, is being sold.

According to information posted on the California Newspaper Publisher's Association website, a new company called Valley Oak Press acquired Galt-based Herburger Publications effective January 1. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.   

The new company is headed by Bonnie Rodriguez, the managing editor of the Galt Herald. Along with the Citizen and Herald, the company will continue publishing the River Valley Times and Valley Community Newspapers in Sacramento. 

Rodriguez has been with Herberger for over 12 years, and previous to that, had production roles in Utah newspapers. David Herburger, owner and publisher, is coordinating the asset transfer.

The sale ends the 61-year family ownership of the newspapers. In 1959 Roy and Mary Herburger acquired the publication. 

There were no staffing changes announced, but the CNPA reports the new organization will bolster its online presence and continue press operations. 

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Capt. Benjamin Willard said...

Best wishes to the Herburger family for their years of community service.

As the largest locally-based media outlet serving Elk Grove, perhaps Ms. Bonnie Rodriguez can light the fire under Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Armstrong to do more investigative journalism. The Citizen has never been known to rattle the cages at the CCSD, EGUSD or Elk Grove City Council, so new ownership ought to consider breaking from their status quo if they hope to be something more than just a printing operation.

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