WILKES-BARRE — For more than a century, the Times Leader has served Wyoming Valley readers from offices in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Now, its longevity and history of service to the community has received special recognition from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber officials on Wednesday afternoon announced that Times Leader Media Group will be the chamber’s 2018 Legacy Business of the Year.
“This award is truly an honor,” Times Leader Media Group Publisher Mike Murray said. “To be recognized in such a way by the community provides all of us at the Times Leader with a tremendous sense of pride.”
Honorees will be recognized during the chamber’s annual dinner, set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. More information about this year’s award winners and dinner is expected to be released today.
In selecting its legacy business honoree, the chamber’s awards committee took into consideration factors including historical perspective, investment in the community, business accomplishments, and company and employee involvement in civic activities.
The Times Leader has been in operation for more than a century, since the merger of the Wilkes-Barre Times and the Wilkes-Barre Leader in 1907. Through those publications, it traces its roots well back into the 19th century.
During those many decades, the paper has called downtown Wilkes-Barre home. In the past year, it has renewed that commitment to center city, with a major investment in its East Market Street building, which now is home to the editorial, advertising, circulation and production departments.
The Times Leader remains the only daily newspaper that is actually printed in the City of Wilkes-Barre, with each day’s edition rolling off the presses at East Market Street.
While the Times Leader is its flagship publication, Times Leader Media Group also produces the Pittston Sunday Dispatch, Abington Journal and The Weekender.
The company employs nearly 100 people.
“I want to personally say thank you to every employee,” Murray said. “Without their collective efforts, no matter what the role, we could never have achieved this honor.”
“Most of all we thank the community,” Murray added. “We believe in you. We believe in your future. We believe our role is not only to provide the most complete coverage of news and events possible but to be an active participant in the community.”
“We believe the challenges we’ve faced over our 111 years in business have set a positive path for the next 111 years,” he concluded. “We will be here to support you!”