Michael Lacey: Co-Founder of Phoenix New Times

Michael Lacey grew in Newark where his father was a construction worker. Later, Michael Lacey relocated so that he could be able to attend Arizona State University in the 1960s. Michael Lacey and two other students at the university published the Phoenix New Times.

This was a response to the biased and uncomprehending media coverage on the campus issues such as anti-war protests. Michael Lacey by this time he had already dropped out of campus in the 1970s.

Michael Lacey was the executive editor of New Times. His comrade and business partner, Jim Larkin, was in charge of the advertising news section. The new Times was a free newspaper which was in circulation weekly. It mainly dealt with a variety of issues ranging from social issues to political affairs affecting the people. It was becoming popular among the people since the idea of an alternative newspaper by then was growing ferociously.

The New Times expanded exponentially, and it successfully purchased Denver’s news and arts weekly. This purchase was made in the year 1983. Later on, the New Times partnered with approximately 17 similar newspapers which included LA Weekly, Miami New Times, and Village Voice, one of the greatest among the alternative newspapers which was based in the New York City.

In October, the year 2007, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested from their homes and put to jail. The charges were that the Phoenix New Times was not respecting the Constitution as they had revealed in the newspapers how the papers editors were targeted by the grand jury subpoenas.

This arrest was made by the notorious and the infamous Joe Arpaio, an anti-immigrant Sheriff of Maricopa County in the State of Arizona. However, the charges were dropped within 24 hours as they had no grounds.

Public outcry also contributed to the dropping of the charges. Later, it emerged that their arrest was unlawful and the warranty for their arrest was fake. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin later moved to court and filed a suit of an unlawful arrest.

They won the suit and were given 3.75 million USD. They used this money to found the Lacey & Larkin Fonterra Fund which aimed at helping the Latin-American group in the State of Arizona with the proceedings.

Later, their company changed its name to Village Voice Media Holdings. It gained popularity and earned a lot of reputation for its exquisite prowess and comprehensive coverage of news ranging from sports to investigative reporting. Later on, they sold Village Voice Media (VVM).

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