Community Media, LLC., parent company of such papers as Chelsea Now, The Villager, Downtown Express, and Gay City News, has been sold to former MetLife executive Jennifer Goodstein. Goodstein was a key e-business executive at MetLife for ten years. Prior to that, she was director of information technology for instruction and curriculum at a Maryland school district. For the past 13 years the papers were owned by John W. Sutter. During his ownership he substantially expanded the community newspaper franchise in Lower Manhattan, as well as helping the paper win over 200 awards for excellence in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest across a wide range of categories, including The Villager’s three times winning the Stuart Dorman Award as the best community weekly in the state.
Some of the most memorable stories covered in the last 15 years have been “9/11; the recovery and rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after the attack; N.Y.U.’s expansion; and the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State. Sutter will stay on to assist the newspapers as Publisher Emeritus throughout the leadership transition.