Times Media Group acquiring Tucson Local Media

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Steve Strickbine, publisher and president of the Tempe-based Times Media Group, on Tuesday announced he is acquiring Tucson Local Media from Thirteenth Street Media. 

Dirks, Van Essen & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Thirteenth Street Media in the transaction. Terms were not disclosed and the deal will be finalized April 30. 

Tucson Local Media includes the 37-year-old Tucson Weekly, bi-monthly Inside Tucson Business and four community newspapers, including The Explorer.

Strickbine, a former CPA, now owns more than 30 publications in Arizona and California. His other Arizona publications include the East Valley Tribune, Scottsdale Progress, College Times, Ahwatukee Foothills News and West Valley View. Several of these were acquired from Thirteenth Street Media in 2016. 

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