In 1986, the Tribune was bought by Michael Gartner and Gary Gerlach, two former executives at The Des Moines Register. Gartner won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing at the Tribune. The Omaha World-Herald Company bought the Ames Tribune in 1999 from Gartner, Gerlach, and the estate of Devid Belin. Stephens Media purchased the Tribune from the Omaha World-Herald Company in 2010. In 2015, the Stephens Media newspapers were sold to New Media Investment Group.