Lori Cornell, new owner of the Jamestown Gazette, and Stacey Hannon, founder and previous owner of the Jamestown Gazette.

Stacey Hannon Sells Newspaper to Lori Cornell

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Jamestown Gazette Staff

Stacey Hannon, the founder and longtime owner/publisher of the Jamestown Gazette is pleased to announce the sale of her community newspaper to fellow Chautauqua County resident, Lori Cornell. Hannon announced her retirement on December 18, 2023 on the front page of the Gazette, designating this edition as her last. She then began her search for a buyer, hoping to continue the Gazette’s legacy.

“I am thrilled to have found an able successor for the Jamestown Gazette,” Hannon stated. “Lori shares my passion for our community and the drive of an accomplished professional. She has the skill set and know-how necessary to handle this challenging job. I feel confident that she will carefully steward my paper long into the future.”

Hannon retires as a community institution, having founded the Gazette in 2011. After working in local media sales and information technology, she took the leap to go into business for herself, naming the paper for the beloved city she has called her lifelong home. She and her husband, Mark, have three grown children and ten grandchildren, with whom she now looks forward to spending more time and traveling.

Cornell said she is “honored” that Hannon has entrusted her with the newspaper business. “I am truly grateful for this opportunity to continue the long and proud tradition of the Jamestown Gazette. Stacey created a timeless masterpiece and true community treasure. I have huge shoes to fill and will work hard to follow her lead.”

Cornell brings over twenty-five year’s experience in public service, marketing, and communications to become the Gazette’s new owner/publisher and editor-in-chief. She holds her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and Master’s in strategic leadership from St. Bonaventure’s School of Business. She grew up in Dunkirk and spent her early career in Washington, DC and Jamestown. She now lives in Bemus Point with her husband, Chuck, and four sons, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Zachary and Nicholas.

She plans to work closely with Hannon to ensure a seamless transition for readers and supporters alike. She hopes to retain the newspaper’s favorite features, look and feel, while at the same time expanding its reach and online presence. She will operate the Gazette under her new business, L. Cornell and Company, LLC.