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Idaho – Who Controls the Information You’re Receiving?

By • May 13, 2023

Investigative Report: Idaho Dispatch is digging into who owns the news in Idaho. Who controls what the public sees and hears? Who decides what information is worthy of radio sound bites and evening reports?

Oftentimes people see their news source as a locally written, locally controlled, locally focused organization. But is that true?

Here we give an overview of the Idaho news landscape and our initial findings, with more in-depth information to follow.


ADAMS PUBLISHING GROUP (APG) – a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They publish 30 daily publications, over 100 non-daily publications, and more than 220 media-related products across 19 US states. From their website,

“Adams Publishing Group serves communities all across the United States. We own and operate daily and non-daily newspapers along with their digital sites, magazines, niche publications, and events. We also operate multiple marketing agencies, travel and tourism specialty products, and commercial printing facilities.”

APG owns and controls 18 Idaho news outlets. They are:

  1. Post Register, Idaho Falls
  2. Idaho State Journal, Pocatello
  3. Standard Journal, Rexburg
  4. Bingham News Chronicle, Blackfoot
  5. Teton Valley News, Driggs
  6. Jefferson Star, Rigby
  7. Challis Messenger, Challis
  8. Farm & Ranch, Idaho Falls
  9. Journal Extra, Rexburg
  10. Star Plus, Rigby
  11. Idaho Press, Nampa
  12. Messenger Index, Emmett
  13. Kuna Melba News, Kuna
  14. Meridian Press, Meridian
  15. Boise Weekly, Boise
  16. Deals 2C, Nampa/Caldwell
  17. Preston Citizen, Preston
  18. News-Examiner, Montpelier


TEGNA INC. – a company headquartered in Tysons, Virginia. They own 64 local news brands in 51 separate markets.

According to their webpage:

“Each month, Tegna reaches nearly 60 million adults across our digital platforms, and our stations have more than 40 million social media followers and subscribers. For streaming viewers, each TEGNA station has its own YouTube channel, as well as free Roku and Amazon Fire TV apps which offer live and on-demand news, weather and sports. TEGNA video is viewed more than 150 million times per month on these platforms.”

Tegna’s ownership of local interest includes:

  1. KTFT, Twin Falls
  2. KSKN, Spokane
  3. KTVB, Boise
  4. KREM, Spokane

as well as stations in Portland, Seattle, Denver, and more.


McCLATCHY MEDIA NETWORK – a company based in Sacramento, California, owns and financially controls The Idaho Statesman. The McClatchy website explains,

“What began in 1857 as a four-page newspaper in the dusty streets of Sacramento, California has grown into a digital network spanning local markets from California to Florida, from Washington state to Washington D.C. ….more than a century of growth ….including the 2006 purchase of Knight Ridder, which made McClatchy, at that time, the second largest newspaper publisher in the United States. In 2020, McClatchy transitioned to private ownership under Chatham Asset Management. Today, McClatchy operates a leading local media company in 30 U.S. markets, connecting with our communities through print, digital, mobile apps, and more.”


STATES NEWSROOM – a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with offices in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Washington, D.C. – owns and operates the Idaho Capital Sun.

Their website says,

“We now employ more than 183 full-time editors, reporters, and support staff in 34 states across the country. States Newsroom has established a new, philanthropic business model that focuses on state politics and policy.”


SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. – a company located in Hunt Valley, Maryland – operates KBOI and KYUU.

From their webapge:

“Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is a diversified media company and leading provider of local news and sports. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; is a leading local news provider in the country; owns multiple national networks; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks and owns and/or operates 21 RSN brands. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms. Sinclair, either directly or through its venture subsidiaries, makes equity investments in strategic companies.”

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Tags: Adams Publishing Group, Corporate News, Idaho News, Local News, McClatchy, News, Sinclair Broadcast Group, States Newsroom, Tegna

32 thoughts on “Idaho – Who Controls the Information You’re Receiving?

  1. I think I can safely speak for a great many Idahoans when I say please…PLEASE don’t EVER consider selling the Dispatch to ANY of these organizations!!!

  2. I would contend that these parent companies are in turn controlled by even higher forces like the deep state, the CIA, Black Rock, Vanguard possibly. This is a great article to expose these people. I hope you keep going and follow these news organizations upline to see who actually is at the top and who is actually pulling the strings.

      1. Girl, I LOVE what you’re doing! This article is exactly the type of “news” we need. I support you one million percent!

  3. Haven’t watched the local news for quite some time, now I know why. It was interesting at the least to see them write a story for a conservative area but make it lean left.
    One question I really got? how much do you have to pay someone to keep a straight face as they knowingly spew the BS.

  4. This great article explains why Idaho News is so skewed against the truth and bashes conservative values. Most of the news owners are headquartered in blue states or blue areas. McClatchy in California as owner of the Idaho Statesman for example, is a big reveal. News should be locally owned like the Idaho Dispatch. Thank you for continuing to print honest unbiased news.

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Encouragement and paid subscribers keep us motivated! We have more to come on this topic. I think you will find it interesting.

  5. You didn’t say who owns the Twin Falls Times News so I assume they are owned by a smaller conglomerate. They are definitely not locally owned and the news they report is left propaganda. When we were trying to expose the refugee resettlement program in TF, the Times News exposed themselves. They’ve lost so many subscribers that the advertisers revolted and now the advertisement pages are delivered via the mail. The only people I know who subscribe to the TF Times are the old people who continue to subscribe to get the obituaries.

    1. Hi Vicky, Times News used to be owned by Lee Enterprises which was a George Soros affiliated company. I have not heard if they still are under his ownership. However, the constant begging from Times News for subscribers seems to indicate a financial struggle for the publication. Once I realized the bias in every story and editorial and letter to the editor reported I cancelled my subscription and refuse to support them. I will never understand why some people have no problem spending money with businesses that intentionally choose to destroy one’s freedoms and way of life. I refuse to participate!

    2. We definitely did not cover all news sources. We do have more to come. We shall see where the digging leads us.

  6. I’m in Arizona, but subscribe to hear what’s going on in your beautiful state, where friends/family live. Situation w/ regard to “news” is the same here, maybe worse. Probably worse. No, way worse! Thanks for this insightful, helpful, truthful reporting! We need Divine Help!

  7. When I was 17, I will be 62 this year, my granddaddy told me the media would be the death of our country. He was watching it being bought up for this time. It took seven decades to accomplish.

  8. This article right here is likely one of the most important reports that is now available to the public in Idaho. It needs to reach everyone. Everyone needs to understand that the current deep state run, propaganda fake news MSM is ultimately the enemy of every patriot American.
    That being said, We The People must replace the MEDIA, the NARRATIVE, and the AGENDA.
    Shut off the green electric slime. Stop the money, stop viewing, stop supporting the enemies of the USA.

    Identify America first media outlets. Truth news. Conservative and Christian outlets. Family friendly sources. begin to pour into them with your time (replacing the green slime) your support, and you can even join in the developing of new America First websites, TV, radio and entertainment.
    We The People can do this together. We outnumber the criminals who stole the election of 2020. We can turn the tide in our country by working together to own and control the media and entertainment in our great country.

    1. Visit our page or just click on our name above to visit our effort to create content to replace that green electric slime of the fake news MSM. We will continue to create content that focuses on positive news and uplifting America first content.
      Our playlists include, “Land of the Free” which are videos that will focus on God’s beautiful creation in our One Nation Under God. “The Word” discussions/study of the Bible and relation to our laws and constitution and development of the USA. “We The People” will cover issues and personalities of Americans that love America. “40 days” will be a personal challenge protocol. Finally “The Battle” will focus on the current battleground – the MEDIA, the NARRATIVE, and the AGENDA.

  9. I would add that anytime you see a local newspaper have a story from the AP, Associated Press, you can know that that newspaper has gone Left! AP is a Leftist, Marxist voice for the D.C. Swamp and is
    repeating wherever the daily LIE the Biden/Obama camp is spewing.
    When you read what they are telling you, believe the opposite.

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