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“Democracy dies in darkness.”

Just how bright is the reporting in Boulder? Most of the papers in Boulder County, along with half of all papers in the United States, are owned by a single hedge fund, Alden Global Capital. The other half are owned by Gannet.

Following is a list of newspapers and social media outlets available to Boulder County residents. Below this is information on ownership of Boulder papers. Please comment below if you know of other news outlets available to Boulder residents.


Social Media

  • My Town – Owned by Prairie Mountain Media
  • NextDoor – 193,851 Boulder residents
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Gettr 5 Million
  • Truth Social – 150,000-500,000
  • Rumble – Video
  • Parler
  • Gab –

Prairie Mountain Media

Prairie Mountain Publishing owns many of the newspapers in Boulder County and nearby towns, including the Daily Camera;  the Colorado Daily; Times Call;  Broomfield Enterprise;  Denver Post; EPTrail.com (Estes Park; and Colorado Hometown Weekly.

Prairie Mountain Publishing is in turn owned by Digital First Media, which is owned by Media News Group, which is owned by Alden Global Capital Hedge Fund, which owns 50% of all US newspapers. (Gannet owns the other 50% of all newspapers).

Heath Freeman and Randy Smith own alden

Heath Freeman co-founded Alden Global Capital with Randall D. Smith .

Randy Smith makes money by eliminating journalists and staff. After they purchased the Denver Post, they announced that were laying off thirty employees, or about one-third of its newsroom staff.  The number of journalists at the Post shrank to 49 from the 200 who staffed the Post newsroom when Alden Global bought the newspaper. 

What happened at the Denver Post has been happening to other papers. This dumping of reporters and fact-checkers should concern Boulderites. How can the few remaining reporters comprehensively cover government, education, business, politics, sports, the arts, and other affairs of the community?

Learn more about this in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/alden-global-capital-killing-americas-newspapers/620171/


Alpert, Lukas (May 24, 2021). “Meet the Hedge Fund Boss Who Just Bought Tribune’s Newspapers”. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 4, 2021.

The Denver Gazette is owned and financed by billionaire by Phil Anschutz, the richest person in Colorado. 

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