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The Republic

The Republic has been recognized scores of times by state and national organizations for achievements in news reporting, advertising and circulation, including winning the coveted Kent Cooper Award from the Indiana Associated Press in 2009 for service to the community following a major flood. The Republic also prints and distributes dozens of specialty publications including She, Columbus Parent, Discover Columbus, Prime Time, The Business Connection and Enjoy! Print products are augmented by an extensive Web presence at Seven days a week The Republic focuses on its unique role as the provider of in-depth coverage and analysis of local news affecting the lives of readers in Bartholomew and surrounding counties.

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Our History

More than 140 years ago, the Brown family of Columbus started a weekly newspaper that would grow into a media company with a journalism footprint across Indiana.

What is now The Republic began as a weekly, The Republican, in 1872 when it was founded by Isaac T. Brown. That was the genesis of the newspaper’s mission to serve its community, which states in part: “We shall endeavor to make our paper the champion of the people of Bartholomew County and we shall advocate, irrespective of political considerations, all measures that have for their object the good of the community.”

Jeffrey N. Brown, who has served as president and chief executive officer of HNE since 1998, and his father, Robert N. Brown, turned a small, central Indiana newspaper, into a corporate entity publishing newspapers in several other Indiana communities, expanding its commercial printing operations, developing magazine and specialty publications and creating a robust online and digital presence.

Six generations of the Brown family have been involved in newspaper ownership, and its newspapers have been honored time and time again for journalism excellence.
In November 2015, the Brown family sold its newspapers, online and commercial printing properties to a company that owns community newspapers in Texas.

The new owner is AIM Media Indiana LLC, an affiliate of AIM Media Texas LLC. Both companies are managed by AIM Media Management of Dallas, where Jeremy L. Halbreich serves as chairman and chief executive officer and Rick Starks is president and chief operating officer.

“It is our goal and strongest desire to continue this community service, and we look forward to providing the guidance and direction necessary for these publications to engage their local audiences and set the civic agenda and discourse in both online and print for the communities they serve,” Halbreich said. “These are important, impactful and attractive businesses located in an extraordinary and unique group of towns in Southern Indiana.”

Jeffrey N. Brown continues as president and chief executive officer at each of the newspapers.


AIM Media Indiana

AIM Media Indiana publishes five newspapers in medium and small markets with a combined circulation of nearly 55,000. It also publishes magazines, free newspapers and shoppers, along with operating a commercial printing company.

We are the leading information source in our communities. Through our demonstrated integrity and our dedicated and comprehensive approach to balanced and credible journalism, we earn the trust and support of local readers, viewers, businesses and advertisers.

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