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Gannett pulls plug on Chronicle-Express, but CherryRoad Media steps in to keep it running

The Chronicle-Express in Penn Yan has new ownership.

Last month Gannett Co., who merged with GateHouse Media in 2019, said it was ceasing publication of The Chronicle-Express on September 14.

Fast-forward to this week, and the paper has been given new life by CherryRoad Media.

Michael Killian, who serves in multiple roles with Gannett, but leads the state’s editorial division, and also heads up the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, said it wasn’t an easy decision.

“It is always a sad day when a news publication shuts down, particularly one with the rich history and decades of commitment of The Chronicle-Express.”

CherryRoad Media owns more than 60 weekly papers, but The Chronicle-Express will be its first New York edition.

“We look at more rural areas,” Jeremy Gulban, CEO of CherryRoad Technologies. That’s the parent company of CherryRoad Media.

CherryRoad also has the rights to relaunch two papers in the Southern Tier. The Steuben Courier Advocate in Bath and Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Longtime Chronicle reporter John Christensen will retain his job under the deal. “We will defer to him on what the community needs,” Gulban added. “We are very much dedicated to the print edition.”

The Chronicle-Express dates back to 1824 when it was the Yates County Chronicle.