"I am very pleased to pass on my 37-year commitment to the Malibu community and its residents to a company equally dedicated to local news,” said Soble, 73. “22nd Century Media has established a track record of caring deeply about the residents of the towns that they serve."
Heather Warthen, 22nd Century Media's managing editor, said the purchase of the Surfside News fits in with the company's mission to providing quality local news. This is 22nd Century Media's first newspaper in California.
Amanda Ryan, co-owner of 22nd Century Media with former U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan, said she is grateful to Soble for her devotion to the city.
“She has done a terrific job in so many ways. We are excited to carry on the great tradition and commitment begun by Anne within the 22nd Century Media family," Amanda Ryan said.
22nd Century Media is the publisher of The Frankfort Station, The Homer Horizon, The Lockport Legend, The Mokena Messenger, The Orland Park Prairie and The Tinley Junction in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. In addition, it publishes The Glenview Lantern, The Northbrook Tower, The Wilmette Beacon and The Winnetka Current in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago.