04.10.2019

Johnson Publishing Co., the ex-publisher of Ebony and Jet, files for bankruptcy

Johnson Publishing Co., the ex-publisher of Ebony and Jet, files for bankruptcy Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times file photo

Chicago’s historic Johnson Publishing Company has filed for bankruptcy, court records show.

The Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition was filed late Tuesday afternoon by the company once responsible for Ebony and Jet magazines. It sold the magazines in 2016, meaning Tuesday’s move does not affect the publications.

“This decision was not easy, nor should it have been,” the company said in a press release announcing the move. “Johnson Publishing Company is an iconic part of American and African American history since our founding in 1942, and the company’s impact on society cannot be overstated.”

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