FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OGDEN PUBLICATIONS ACQUIRES UTNE MAGAZINE
Nation’s leading alternative publication finds new home among friends
TOPEKA, Kansas, (June 2, 2006) – Ogden Publications, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Utne magazine, the nation’s leading digest of alternative ideas, from LENS Publishing Co., Inc. and Nina Rothschild Utne. Launched in 1984 by Eric Utne, Utne magazine is a bi-monthly magazine with a paid circulation of 225,000. Utne reprints the best articles from more than 2,000 alternative media sources bringing together the latest ideas and trends emerging in our culture.
Ogden Publications publishes Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Herbs for Health, The Herb Companion and seven special interest magazines. “Utne is one of the most respected publications in America and we feel deeply honored to make it part of Ogden,” said Bryan Welch, publisher of Ogden Publications, Inc. “This makes us the largest and most influential media company in the conscientious lifestyles and environmental awareness fields. Public interest in living more sustainably is growing faster than ever and we expect to grow with it, creating an important resource for today’s consumer.”
Judy Rudrud, Utne’s prior president and publisher, will continue to operate the magazine as general manager from its offices in Minneapolis. She will be responsible for marketing, public relations and merchandising for Ogden’s magazines. “We are thrilled by the possibilities that this acquisition creates for the future of Utne magazine,” said Rudrud. “Our loyal readers will benefit from being part of a company that is aligned with our values.”
Chair and Chief Executive Officer Nina Rothschild Utne will assume the title of Editor-at-Large for the magazine and continue writing her column, as well as provide editorial and strategic consulting. “We are energized by this purchase and confident that our mission will continue with integrity,” said Utne.
Ogden Publications will begin publication with the July/August issue.
Since 1984,Utne (www.utne.com) has been a leading voice in independent media, bringing readers an informed point-of-view on issues ranging from the environment to the economy and from politics to pop culture -- the kind of stories you'll find in the mainstream media months or years from now. Reaching a total audience of nearly 700,000, Utne taps into the pulse of what's emerging in the culture by engaging with the most visionary thinkers and doers of our time and by presenting the best articles and ideas from thousands of indie publications, web sites, blogs, newly published books, films and other off-the-beaten-path sources.
About Ogden Publications, Inc.
In addition to Utne, Ogden Publications (www.ogdenpubs.com) publishes Natural Home, Mother Earth News, Herbs for Health, The Herb Companion, Capper’s, Grit, American Life & Traditions, Farm Collector, Steam Traction, Gas Engine Magazine and Motorcycle Classics. The total paid circulation of Ogden’s magazines is nearly 1 million copies, and the company’s total readership is more than 3 million people. The company also provides insurance and financial services and runs a network of highly successful websites. The magazines and websites reach people interested in self-sufficiency, sustainability, and other special interests.