Journal is pair's second Kansas newspaper buy

Posted November 14, 2014

Scott Wesner and Scott Wood have teamed up once again to buy a Kansas newspaper, this time the Coffeyville Journal.

Last month, they bought the Independence Daily Reporter, following the death of longtime editor and publisher Herbert A. “Hub” Meyer III. Stephen McBride has been named publisher.

Wesner and Wood formed Montgomery County Media, LLC, to make the purchases.

They purchased the Journal from Oklahoma newspaper publisher Darrel Sumner.

Wesner and Wood graduated from high school together in Cordell, Okla. Wesner, who now lives in Austin, Texas, has been in newspaper publishing for 25 years, primarily in the Texas Hill Country and Panhandle. Wesner is the father of two children, Hanna, 12, and William, 11.

Wood got his start in the newspaper business in 1997 in West Texas and in 2003 moved to Muenster, Texas, acquiring three newspapers in that area. In addition to the newspapers they own individually, they co-own one additional newspaper in Dalhart, Texas.

Wood and his wife, Deborah, have two children, Emma, 15, and Sarah, 6.

Ed Anderson handled both transactions for National Media Associates.