Henry D. Bradley started the company with the purchase of the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1951. As technology evolved, so did the business. Expansion came quickly into new outlets including radio, broadcast television and broadband services. Now these businesses span eight states from Missouri to California and are thriving on a myriad of digital platforms.
The holdings may have changed but the values have remained constant through four generations of family management. The statue of the paper boy that stands outside the St. Joseph headquarters embodies the entrepreneurial spirit we seek in our partners. Each newspaper carrier who delivered newspapers became the CEO, accountant, sales person and laborer for their customers. They knew a strong product, delivered with care, was the foundation of any strong business. No matter what industry, that is still true today. We seek partners who are equally dedicated to operating with the highest of integrity and who aspire to be employers of choice, exceed customer expectations and recognized for quality.
When the time comes that we think we have the best newspaper we can build, we’d better take a refresher course or retire.