Publisher Daniel J. Horgan has owned the Evening News and its sister paper, the Medford Daily Mercury, since purchasing the Daily News-Mercury in 1996. Although Horgan restored separate titles for Malden and Medford, Massachusetts, on any given day the two newspapers look almost identical, except for front-page stories.
The public face of the Malden Evening News through much of the late 20th century was David Brickman, who became publisher of the Medford paper in 1947, bought the Malden News in 1953 and acquired the Melrose News, a former newspaper in neighboring Melrose, in 1969. Brickman was active in press associations and civic and governmental affairs—he helped campaign for Massachusetts' Open Meeting Law and served on the state Ethics Commission.
Brickman, who was known to Boston-area viewers of the "Starring the Editors" television program as an outspoken regular panelist, called his final years at the helm of the three newspapers "a struggle in an antipathetic atmosphere." He sold his 75 percent interest in the papers for $1 million to Malden businessman and minority shareholder Warren H. Jackson in 1989.
The move kept the paper in local hands, although Brickman had seemed ready to sell to a Rupert Murdoch-owned company, for more money, a year earlier. Reports in 1988 had Murdoch, who at the time owned the Boston Herald and WFXT-TV in nearby Boston, negotiating a price between US$ 5 million and US$ 10 million.
At the time of the sale to Jackson, the three papers covered four towns—the Malden News published an edition in Everett, Massachusetts -- with a reported combined circulation of 11,300. Jackson announced he would save money by combining the three papers into one edition. This move created the Daily News-Mercury in 1990.
Another of Jackson's cost-cutting measures was the subject of a union picket in 1994. Despite a contract that guaranteed "lifelong employment", he fired the papers' typographers. One union member complained that the Daily News-Mercury had been "in bankruptcy for the last year; they owe us more than US$ 100,000 in pension money; they haven't given us a raise in eight years".
The underfunded pension later caused the sheriff's office to close the Daily News-Mercury temporarily in June 1995.
- Medford Daily Mercury -- sister newspaper
- Tribune Publications -- publisher of the Malden Evening News