Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

They're Back

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

They're Back

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Eddie Hasan of MOKAN is leading a group of investors that is in the process of buying the St. Louis Argus from Eugene Mitchell, grandson of one of its founders.

Hasan has already assumed day-to-day control of St. Louis' oldest African-American weekly and is bringing in contractors to rehab the office. He plans to beef up the ad staff to bring in more income so the paper can pay for more news coverage.

The current owner, Eugene Mitchell, declined to comment until, he said, the deal is fully consummated.

Hasan said he is working toward meeting all the conditions Mitchell has set for the transfer.

"We want to be able to cover local politics--all politics starts at home," Hasan said. "And, of course, national things, Medicare, those kinds of things, and how that's going to affect poor people, especially African Americans."

He wants to extensively cover law enforcement, both the expansion of federal power through the USA PATTRIOT Act and local police brutality, something the Argus has covered at least since the 1920s. …

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