Frederick Press-Leader sold to Wesner Media Group


Scott Wesner and Scott Wood, owners of Wesner Media, purchased the Frederick Press-Leader, the Altus Times, and the Mangum Star Aug. 1, 2022.

The natives of Cordell are excited to be working in an area they love and where they grew up.

Along with Publisher Josh Umholtz, Wesner and Wood bring new energy and enthusiasm to the Press-Leader.

“We are so excited to be a part of the tradition of journalism in southwest Oklahoma,” Wesner said. “Having grown up in Oklahoma, it’s great to work in a state we know best.”

Wesner said their focus is “producing an excellent newspaper.” The goal is to keep the emphasis on local hands-on stories and photos of sports and events.

The new owners recognize the value of having a traditional paper covering local news, which is not available anywhere else.

“We know there have been many changes in the past few years. We will be here for a long time,” Wesner said.

“Nothing is more important to a community than a quality newspaper,” he said.

Anything related to legal notices, obituaries, subscriptions , and payments will still be handled at the Altus Times. Their phone number is 580-482-1221, and their email address is still [email protected] 

The Press-Leader's new phone number is 580-335-1395 and you can text or call that number. Kathleen Guill has been the editor of the Press-Leader since June of 2016 and will continue in her role under the newspaper’s new ownership. You can still  reach her at [email protected], or [email protected]


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