Sitting next to him drinking coffee at his newest resort, the Grand Del Mar, I asked Doug Manchester how exactly someone buys a newspaper company for $110 million. Did you write a check for the Union-Tribune?
“Yes,” he replied, calm and matter of fact. “I did.”
It was one of my favorite exchanges during my interview with Manchester. I spent a few hours with him and John Lynch, the newspaper’s new CEO, while working on our in-depth profile that ran last Friday. In all, I spent more than a month conducting research for the story about the new owner and publisher of the newspaper he’s since renamed U-T San Diego. The profile ran here and in the February issue of San Diego Magazine.