Chicago Defender Loses Publisher, Lays Off Top Editor

Chicago Defender Loses Publisher, Lays Off Top Editor

Publisher Cheryl Mainor resigned after a failed attempt to buy the Chicago Defender from its parent company, Real Times Media. For much of the 20th century, the Defender was a pre-eminent newspaper serving the African-American community. Now — after decades of declining circulation and several leadership changes — the Defender claims a circulation of less than 12 thousand.