Feb. 1, 2016 / NASHVILLE — American Hometown Publishing announced today it has named Donna E. Dickey the new publisher of The (Key Biscayne, Fla.) Islander News.
A native of South Florida, Donna has more than 25 years of senior management experience in the newspaper industry and has held various leadership roles at The Miami Herald. Through the years, Dickey has earned a reputation as an inclusive leader, excellent recruiter of top talent, as well as a thoughtful advertising expert who provides the best possible experience and return for clients.
Donna and her husband, Arden — a former Key Biscayne resident — plan to move back to Key Biscayne in the near future.
“A brilliant, seasoned, energetic leader like Donna could work in key media positions virtually anywhere,” said Brad Dennison, CEO of American Hometown Publishing, owner of The Islander News. “She very much wants to be in Key Biscayne and is committed to doing her best for our readers, clients and community."
Donna was born and raised in Miami, Fla., and has a track record of being deeply involved in the community. She has been an active participant in various professional and community organizations, including The Broward United Way, The Commonwealth Institute and various chambers throughout South Florida.
She and her husband have two daughters. Brittaney is a graduate of UCF, and Paige is a graduate of Niagara University and recently joined the Air Force Reserve.
AHP acquired The Islander News from longtime owner and Key Biscayne resident Anne S. Owens in November. Ms. Owens remains a vocal supporter and ambassador for the newspaper in the community. The company owns and operates community newspapers in Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and now Florida.
Nov. 13, 2015 / NASHVILLE — Community newspaper publisher American Hometown Publishing announced today it has acquired The Islander News in Key Biscayne, Fla., from Anne S. Owens.
“AHP will carry forward The Islander’s legacy and mission of service to the community of Key Biscayne,” Owens said. “I knew this was a perfect match from the beginning of our discussions.”
The Islander News began publishing in 1966 and Owens joined the newspaper’s staff in 1968, shortly after moving there from Chicago with her husband, Clyde, and three sons. In 1985, the Owens family bought the newspaper.
“To be entrusted with Ms. Owens legacy is a privilege,” said Brad Dennison, an industry veteran and longtime GateHouse Media executive, who joined AHP earlier this year. “I have great respect for what she has accomplished in Key Biscayne, and I’m proud she believes AHP was the right home for The Islander News going forward.”
The island of Key Biscayne is less than 10 minutes from Miami and has a population of about 13,000, which represents growth of about 18% since 2000. The town itself occupies just 1.4 square miles. The Islander News is a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,600, and also produces Island Life Magazine.
Formed in 2005, AHP is an independent media company that operates newspapers, magazines and websites in Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and now Florida. The acquisition marks the company’s first in seven years.