WATCH: CBS THIS MORNING features Penny Abernathy

CBS This Morning featured UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy in a segment focused on Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune, which has cut the number of days it prints the newspaper from seven to five weekly, making the western state the first U.S. state without a printed daily.

“We depend on the state and regional newspapers to bring it all together for us and help us understand what the truly important issues are,” Abernathy told CBS News’ Major Garrett in the “Stopping the Presses” segment.

Abernathy’s recent report “News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?” found that since 2004, the United States has lost one quarter – 2,100 – of its newspapers.

This includes 70 dailies and more than 2,000 weeklies or non-dailies.

Learn more about Abernathy’s research at usnewsdeserts.com.