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Mayor: Charleston Gazette-Mail to Lay Off 200+ Employees


According to, the company has agreed to take the company into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Wheeling Newspapers is at this time the highest bidder to take ownership of the company.

The company owns 40 daily newspapers across the country, including several here in West Virginia.

13 News has reached out to Trip Shumate of the Gazette-Mail for comment, and he had this to say:

We will continue to operate as we normally have through these bankruptcy proceedings, and I just want to assure our customers and advertisers that we will continue to conduct business as usual.

Shumate also tells 13 News that "Most, if not all employees will be re-hired by the new owners."

We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.




CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The City of Charleston has received WARN notices from the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

According to Mayor Danny Jones, the Charleston Gazette-Mail will lay off around 206 employees being laid off on or around Friday, March 30th, 2018.

"I am extremely saddened by what is basically the end of an era.  Hopefully, the new owners will give the current employees a new opportunity," said Mayor Jones.

Mayor Jones also said the Charleston Gazette-Mail is being sold to Wheeling Newspapers.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available..

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