Ahern named publisher of Prineville paper


Will manage both publications

Publisher Tony AhernTony Ahern, the publisher of the Madras Pioneer since 1993, was recently named publisher of the Central Oregonian newspaper as well.

The Pamplin Media Group purchased both the Madras and Prineville newspapers this year. In October, the decision was made to consolidate the management responsibilities of the two newspapers.

Ahern started the dual role Nov. 1. Vance Tong, the former publisher of the Central Oregonian, became the associate publisher of the company’s Portland Tribune.

Ahern started his newspaper career at the Central Oregonian in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon. He worked in Prineville for seven years before being named publisher of the Madras Pioneer, by Eagle Newspapers Inc., which owned both papers.

“It’s a change and a big challenge that I’m excited about,” said Ahern of his new job. “Fortunately, both papers have great, experienced staffs, and they make it work.”

Ahern said he will be spending about half his work week in Prineville and half in Madras.

The two locations have been “sister papers” in the same company — for about 45 years as Eagle properties and now PMG — and have long worked together.

The Pioneer prints on the Central Oregonian press. While the Pioneer is a weekly publication, the Central Oregonian is a twice-weekly paper. Both sites produce several special publications as well.

Ahern added that both newspapers will continue to maintain their independence and focus on their specific counties and communities.