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Booth Newspapers or BoothMichigan, based in Grand Rapids, Michiganmarker, owns eight newspapers in the state of Michiganmarker. Founded by George Gough Booth along with his two brothers, Booth Newspapers is presently owned by Advance Publications (a Samuel I. Newhouse property), who purchased it in 1976 for $305 million, a record at the time.

Booth Newspapers owns the Ann Arbor News (closed July 2009), Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, and Saginaw News, as well as Advance Newspapers in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. is the website home for all Booth Newspapers, as well as the weekly Advance Newspapers. The site includes reports from their Lansingmarker bureau.


The Herald Company, Inc. merged with Booth Newspapers, Inc. in July 1987.

In September 2002, Booth Newspapers acquired 21st Century Newspapers, Inc.'s Heritage Newspapers' Suburban Flint Newspaper Group which has nine local papers: The Clio Messenger, The Davison Flagstaff, The Fenton Press, The Grand Blanc News, Flint Township News, The Flushing Observer, The Holly Press, The Suburban Burton, and Swartz Creek News; and included Suburban Flint Shopper. All of which operate with the Flint Journal as the Community Newspapers.

In December 2006, The Herald Company, Inc. merged with Advance Magazine Publisher, Inc. but continues to operate under the Booth Newspapers name in Michigan.

On November 3, 2008, the day before the 2008 presidental election, many copies of Booth newspapers were delivered inside a white advertising wrapper, paid for by the National Rifle Associationmarker, with "Defend Freedom, Defeat Obama" written across the outside. The bags were mostly reported with the Flint Journal, but there were also similar reports from customers of the Saginaw News and the Bay City Times. The Flint Journal posted a short apology on its website that stated that "The wrapper was supposed to be inserted into the newspaper." The Journal also told WJRT-TVmarker, who also received a flood of calls about the incident, that there was "some miscommunication" with the paper carriers. The three papers mentioned endorsed Barack Obama for president.

On March 23, 2009, The Ann Arbor News announced that it will end its 174-year print run in July 2009, due to economic difficulties, and be replaced by, a daily web paper that will have a twice-weekly print edition. Also on this date, it was announced that on June 1, 2009, The Bay City Times, The Saginaw News and The Flint Journal will reduce publishing to three times a week—Thursday, Friday and Sunday, while increasing their web presence.


  1. "Ann Arbor News to Close in July," Ann Arbor News, 23 Mar. 2009. Accessed 23 Mar. 2009.
  2. Bay City Times: "The Bay City Times announces big changes", 3/23/2009.

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