The Wenatchee Daily World was founded on July 4, 1905, by businessmen C.A. Briggs and Nat Ament. Two years later, it was purchased by Rufus Woods and his twin brother Ralph. Rufus published the newspaper while Ralph, A Tacoma attorney, provided legal advice to the fledgling paper. Later, their cousin Warren Woods joined the company to handle the newspaper's finances. In March 2018, The Wenatchee World was purchased by Wick Communications. It's a third generation family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines and specialty publications in 10 states.
Rufus Woods Sr., Publisher 1907-1950
Sean Flaherty General Manager, 2019-Present
Wilfred Woods, Publisher 1950-1997
Rufus Woods Publisher, 1997-2018
Jeff Ackerman Publisher, 2018-2019
During the early years, the newspaper was a forceful proponent for economic development of the Columbia Basin and the area the newspaper called North Central Washington, encompassing Grant, Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas counties. Rufus Woods and the Daily World became integrally involved in the 23-year battle for Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Woods wrote the first story about the proposal in 1918, which was followed by hundreds of articles about the project and editorials promoting the concept.