Albuquerque city councilor buys Corrales Comment - Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque city councilor buys Corrales Comment

City Councilor Pat Davis

The Corrales Comment has been sold to Albuquerque city councilor and newspaper publisher Pat Davis.

Owner and founder Jeff Radford, a journalistic icon in Corrales, has retired after 40 years in the business. Under Radford’s direction, the newspaper provided village residents a local, independent news source since 1982.

Whether it was a recap of a city council meeting, a photo spread of the Harvest Festival, or an in-depth examination of water issues, the Comment kept residents current on village activities.

Davis declined to disclose the purchase price.

Because he’s a councilor, Davis said he will remain in Albuquerque and oversee the Comment’s operation from there.

Asked how he will ensure the paper reflect the village’s concerns when he’s not living in Corrales, Davis says he plans on changing very little about the newspaper. The paper will continue to be published twice a month. Its slogan: “Reporting As If Democracy Matters. Since 1982” will remain, as will many of the paper’s current employees.

Retaining current employees will help ensure the Comment has the same feel and focus as he ushers in the paper’s newest chapter, Davis said.

“(W)e have extended offers to all 3 employees and 6 regular contributors to stay on,” Davis said. “They have until the end of the month to decide, but verbally all have agreed to stay.”

Radford himself will stick around, at least for a while, and continue to cover the city council, Davis said.

Davis said local, independent newspapers, such as the Comment, are important to him, as they can provide balance and an alternative point-of-view to mainstream media.

“Democracy exists in its finest form in late night village council meetings and small businesses live or die by the customers they meet on the back pages of local papers,” Davis said. “Too many local communities have lost both when their paper died. I’m lucky enough to have the ability to help the Comment avoid the fate of a big corporate buy out or closure. I’m honored that Jeff has entrusted us with his 40-year legacy and it is my sincerest hope that we can help the Comment and the village live up to his high standards another 40 years.”

In 2020, after a deal to buy the independent Alibi fell through, he launched Albuquerque’s newest independent newspaper, The Paper.

Wanting employees who had experience with alternative news reporting, Davis hired many of the Alibi’s employees to work on The Paper, and to ensure the new paper was natural successor to the Alibi.

The next edition of the Comment and first under the its new owner will come out in early July.

Home » ABQnews Seeker » Albuquerque city councilor buys Corrales Comment

Insert Question Legislature form in Legis only stories




Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

ABQjournal can get you answers in all pages

 

Questions about the Legislature?
Albuquerque Journal can get you answers
Email addresses are used solely for verification and to speed the verification process for repeat questioners.
1
Five go-to dishes to make Five Super Bowl festive
ABQnews Seeker
Journal Staff WriterAs a griller and ... Journal Staff WriterAs a griller and the descendant of other grillers, Super Bowl Sund ...
2
Summer's heating up! Find out when Disturbed stops in ...
ABQnews Seeker
a little more. Disturbed is hitting ... a little more. Disturbed is hitting the road with its 36-date 'Take Back Your Life' tour this summer. The tour is slated to make ...
3
1 found dead with apparent gunshot wounds near Candelaria ...
ABQnews Seeker
Police closed Candelaria from Pan American ... Police closed Candelaria from Pan American Freeway to High Street while they investigate early.
4
Fine with Fido: 7 Albuquerque-area bars and restaurants that ...
ABQnews Seeker
Coffee houses, food halls and breweries ... Coffee houses, food halls and breweries all appear on our round-up of of dog-loving businesses.
5
Grammer: When it comes to fans, the obnoxious few ...
ABQnews Seeker
Utah State guard Max Shulga showed ... Utah State guard Max Shulga showed class in his response to unacceptable taunts from a few Colorado State students.
6
Man critically injured in Santa Fe shooting
ABQnews Seeker
A man was critically injured after ... A man was critically injured after being shot in a Santa Fe apartment complex on Saturday night.
7
Three teenagers found dead in garage in Edgewood
ABQnews Seeker
Police said in a news release ... Police said in a news release there is no indication of foul play and it appears to have been carbon monoxide poisoning.
8
Man, woman killed in Hobbs hit-and-run crash
ABQnews Seeker
A man and a woman were ... A man and a woman were killed in Hobbs on Friday night after being struck by a vehicle while walking their dog, according to ...
9
Child, 10, allegedly sexually assaulted by foster teen at ...
ABQnews Seeker
The offices of the state child ... The offices of the state child welfare agency are used to house foster children despite New Mexico’s promise to provide them with appropriate homes.