AIM Media Texas
Hall of Fame Class of 2013Jeremy Halbreich has been a leading newspaper executive and industry visionary for more than 40 years.
Halbreich began his career with The Dallas Morning News following graduation from Harvard University. He was the first non-family member to complete the executive management training program at the Morning News and rose through the ranks to become president and general manager of the paper.
During his tenure as president of The Dallas Morning News, Halbreich was highly involved in negotiating on behalf of Texas newspaper publishers with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and establishing the voluntary newsprint recycling guidelines and survey form.
He helped TPA and Texas Daily Newspaper Association staff hold forums across the state to inform publishers and printers that if Texas newspapers did not show a high rate of voluntary compliance with the new recycling guidelines, the Texas Legislature would make the guidelines mandatory and enforced. As a result of his leadership and initiative, Texas newspapers have consistently met state recycling goals and managed to keep newsprint recycling guidelines voluntary.
In 1998, after 24 years with the company, Halbreich left the Morning News to form his own newspaper company, America Consolidated Media LP.
After selling ACM to Macquarie Media Group in 2007 and remaining with ACM for a one-year transition, Halbreich became chairman of the board and CEO of publicly-traded,
Sun-Times Media in Chicago. He led the company, including the Chicago Sun-Times, seven suburban daily newspapers and 32 suburban weekly newspapers, through bankruptcy and operational restructuring, negotiated new agreements with 16 separate unions, supported the high reporting standards that led to the Chicago Sun-Times
winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for local reporting, and sold the company to a blue-ribbon group of local Chicago investors in late 2011.
In 2012, Halbreich formed AIM Media Texas LLC to purchase the print and online publishing assets in Texas from Freedom Communications. While Halbreich’s home remains in Dallas, the new operating company’s headquarters are in McAllen. The publications and affiliated websites include daily newspapers in McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville and Odessa.
Halbreich is a past president of TDNA and serves on the board of directors of the Victoria Publishing Company and Texas Community Media.
In addition to being a lifelong journalist and pioneer for women in the industry, Judson has served as president of South Texas Press Association (1980-81) and Texas Gulf Coast Press Association (1994-95). Mary and Murray are currently serving as co-presidents of TGCPA for 2012-13.