For the first time in the 52 years since its founding in 1963, the Larchmont Chronicle has a new owner. On May 1, the ownership of the paper will be passed to lifelong resident, John H. Welborne.
I could not be more pleased than to have John Welborne lead the next decades of the Chronicle. John has worked with me and my co-founder, Dawne Goodwin, for nearly 40 of the paper’s 52 years. John is a strong believer in the important role played by small, community newspapers.
Welborne is a native Angeleno whose grandparents built a home in Windsor Square in 1918. He commented that “a remarkable feature of the Chronicle is the loyalty of its readers. A number of people who have lived in our community, but have moved away still maintain their ties through the newspaper.”
Among the community members and advertisers initially advising John by serving on the Larchmont Chronicle Transition Advisory Board are: Jamie Bennett, Patricia Carroll, Harry Chandler, Regina Chung, Janet Clayton, Lyn McEwen Cohen, Cara Esposito, Elizabeth Fuller, Rudy Gintel, Julie Grist, Mary Hawley, Hank Hilty, Neil Kramer, Patricia Lombard, Lindsay Ratkovich, William Simon and Owen Smith.
“Our goal,” said Welborne, “is to steward and perpetuate the Chronicle, not to change it.” He believes strongly that the Larchmont Chronicle is the glue that holds these historic neighborhoods, and “we want to continue to expand and improve the paper, both in its news coverage and in its reach for its advertisers,” he continued.
I will continue as editor of the paper, and John will serve as the new publisher. Many familiar names will remain on the masthead of the paper, and the community will continue to benefit from their combined decades of experience in the news coverage and advertising of the Larchmont Chronicle.