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About Cooke Communications, LLC
Located in the Florida Keys, Cooke Communications, LLC. is owned by John Kent Cooke, Sr. scion of a family with strong roots in newspaper publishing: Family patriarch Jack Kent Cooke, once owned the Los Angeles Daily News, as well as a group of community papers in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, as well as the NFL Washington Redskins in Washington, D.C.
The current flagship publication of Cooke Communications is The Key West Citizen. The Citizen is the only daily newspaper in the Florida Keys and was established in 1876. The company also publishes several weekly newspapers and various tourist-destination magazines in addition to daily publication of it’s popular news web site; keysnews.com.
Cooke Communications has acquired three daily and 10 weekly newspapers in the Greenville area of eastern North Carolina. John Kent Cooke Jr., who has been publisher of The Citizen since his family bought the paper in 2000, has moved to North Carolina to take over as publisher of The Daily Reflector, and be the president of the newly formed North Carolina division of Cooke Communications. Thomas Kent Cooke has been CEO of the family's Internet Company, floridakeys.com, since 2000. He will remain in Key West and has become president of the Cooke Communications Florida LLC. Paul Clarin, who has been chief financial officer of the Key West-based company since 2001, has succeeded Cooke Jr. as publisher of The Key West Citizen.
Florida Division of Cooke Communication Publications