Press: Forget About Art and Cars

William Dean Singleton keeps collecting papers

Most staffers on the ailing Denver Post (circ. 227,000) had heard the rumors that their paper was for sale. So when the announcement came last week that the Los Angeles-based Times Mirror Co. had sold the paper for $95 million, few were shocked. What did surprise them was the buyer: William Dean Singleton, 36, a plump, boyish-looking Texan whose newspaper empire only a year ago consisted largely of small-town dailies.

Though Singleton may not yet rank with Gannett or Knight-Ridder, he is rapidly developing a knack for picking up troubled metropolitan papers at bargain prices. Only four days earlier, Singleton and...