Post sale to Bezos ends era of local ownership

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos rocked the world of journalism, but it also sent a shock through the community where it's published: The hometown newspaper of the nation's capital city is no longer locally owned.
 
The Washington-based Graham family, known for its engagement in local affairs, has controlled the newspaper since 1933, but Bezos plans to remain in Seattle.
 
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., says that's "across the other side of the world," yet she's encouraged that Bezos is keeping Katharine Weymouth as publisher.
 
D.C. Chamber of Commerce president Barbara Lang says it "would have been nice" to keep the Post under local ownership.
 
But longtime Post staffer and Washington hostess Sally Quinn says "local doesn't matter" anymore.

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