North County News, a newspaper with a rich local history spanning the past four-plus decades, has printed its final edition. Also, the Yorktown PennySaver, another local institution, is being phased out.
In 1966, John Chase, the late founder of the publishing company, started The Yorktowner. Later Chase converted The Yorktowner into North County News. The paper, over the years, developed into a more regional news outlet, covering municipalities and school districts throughout northern Westchester and portions of Putnam County, not just its home base of Yorktown.
Examiner Media, publisher of The Yorktown Examiner along with The Examiner, The Putnam Examiner and TheExaminerNews.com, was launched in 2007. The core group of journalists who helped start Examiner Media are former North County News staffers, most of whom left North County News in 2006 and 2007.
The Examiner’s editor-in-chief, Martin Wilbur, was a Yorktown reporter at North County News, and its assistant editor. Yorktown Examiner Contributing Editor Rick Pezzullo was the managing editor at North County News. Ray Gallagher, a sports editor for The Yorktown Examiner and The Putnam Examiner, served as the sports editor at North County News. Andy Jacobs, The Examiner’s sports editor, is also an NCN veteran. Examiner Media reporters Neal Rentz and Sam Barron worked as reporters at NCN. Yorktown Examiner photographer Stan Gitner was a longtime NCN photographer. Paul Cardi, a senior account executive with Examiner Media, formerly worked in sales at the PennySaver. Annette van Ommeren, an Examiner Media designer and its webmaster, served in similar capacities at Chase Media Group, which is the company that published North County News and the PennySaver. Examiner Media’s owner and publisher, Adam Stone, was also a staff reporter at NCN. More than a dozen other past North County News and PennySaver employees have contributed to Examiner Media.
Chase Media Group has also begun to promote its new title, PennySaver Community.