The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader in Washington has new owners. Brothers Lloyd Mullen, 28, and J. Louis Mullen, 31, purchased the Leader from Scott Wilson and Jennifer-James Wilson, effective Sept. 10. The sale marks the end of the Wilsons’ tenure as co-owners, sole owners and publishers after nearly 27 years. Mullens’ purchase of the Leader continues the newspaper’s 127-year history of being locally owned and operated.
The 6,500 paid circulation weekly has strong multi-media platforms including a daily news website (ptleader.com), a monthly real estate tabloid as well as various other monthly magazines published in partnership with the county’s Chamber of Commerce, area school districts and community groups. More than 63 percent of north Jefferson County homes read the Leader’s print edition, and its growing digital products log over 42,000 online readers and users with over 200,000 monthly page views.
Gauger Media Service, Inc. a media merger and acquisition firm in Raymond, Washington represented the Wilsons in this transaction.
Lloyd Mullen, the Leader’s new publisher, is a second-generation newspaperman. Describing his approach to publishing he said, “My family has always found the best way to serve our readers is to give voice to the community — completely local, completely self-driven and independent.”
Like the Mullen brothers, Wilson grew up with ink in his veins, sweeping floors, inserting and labeling his parents’ weekly newspaper at the Omak Chronicle in north central Washington. Referring to the Leader’s new owners Wilson stated, “They will sustain the independent local ownership that has been so important to us and to the community.”