Gannett Co. Inc. announced Thursday the company will close the offices of the Perry Chief and Dallas County News at 1316 Second St. when its lease expires April 30, ending the Chief’s 147-year history as a fixture among downtown Perry storefronts.
The Gannett properties will continue to publish, and staff members will work from home, the company said.
The Perry Daily Chief, founded in 1874, was owned and operated by the Whitehead family of Perry from 1928 in offices at 1323 Second St. The paper converted to weekly publication in 1983. The Whitehead family sold the newspaper in 2013 to an Arkansas company that in turn sold it to New York-based New Media Investment Group in 2015. The paper moved to its present offices in 2015 and was joined by the Dallas County News in 2016, when it closed its Adel offices.
New Media Investment Group merged with Gannett in 2019 to form Gannett Co. Inc., now the largest newspaper company in the U.S. Gannett Co. Inc. owns more than 250 daily publications, including USA Today, the Des Moines Register and the Ames Tribune, and several hundred weekly publications around the U.S., including the Chief and Dallas County News.
ThePerryNews.com, founded in 2014, remains the only locally owned media source in Perry.