- Montgomery Advertiser
The July 19, 2009 front page of the
Type Daily newspaper Format Broadsheet Owner Gannett Company Publisher Cheryl Lindus Editor Wanda S. Lloyd Founded 1829
(as The Planter's Gazette)
Language English Headquarters 425 Molton St.
Montgomery, Alabama, 36104
Circulation 46,725 (daily)
Official website montgomeryadvertiser.com
The newspaper began publication in 1829 as The Planter's Gazette. It became the Montgomery Advertiser in 1833. In 1903, R.F. Hudson, a young Alabama newspaperman, joined the staff of the Advertiser and rose through the ranks of the newspaper. Hudson was central to improving the financial situation of the newspaper, and by 1924 he owned 10% of its stock. Hudson purchased the remaining shares of the company in 1935, and five years later he bought The Alabama Journal, a competitor founded in Montgomery in 1889. Ownership of the Advertiser subsequently passed from Hudson's heirs to Carmage Walls (1963), through Multimedia Corp. (1968) to Gannett (1995).
The Alabama Journal would continue to exist as a local afternoon paper until April 16, 1993 when it published its last issue before merging with the morning Advertiser.
In October 2008, the Advertiser, which describes itself as having been "the leading newspaper of the new Confederate states," endorsed the presidential candidacy of Illinois African-American Senator Barack Obama.
Of the 25 daily newspapers published in Alabama, the Advertiser has the fourth highest daily circulation.
The newspaper has earned several awards, including three Pulitzer Prizes:
- 1928: Grover Cleveland Hall, Editorial Writing, for his editorials against gangsterism, floggings and racial and religious intolerance.
- 1970: Harold E. Martin, Investigative Reporting, for his expose of a commercial scheme for using Alabama prisoners for drug experimentation and blood plasma collection.
- 1988 Staff of Alabama Journal, General News Reporting. For its compelling investigation of the state's unusually high infant-mortality rate, which prompted legislation to combat the problem.
Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting (1985–2000)
- Thomas Turcol (1985)
- Edna Buchanan (1986)
- Akron Beacon Journal (1987)
- Alabama Journal/Lawrence Eagle-Tribune (1988)
- Louisville Courier-Journal (1989)
- San Jose Mercury News (1990)
- Miami Herald (1991)
- Newsday (1992)
- Los Angeles Times (1993)
- New York Times (1994)
- Los Angeles Times (1995)
- Robert D. McFadden (1996)
- Newsday (1997)
- Los Angeles Times (1998)
- Hartford Courant (1999)
- Denver Post (2000)
- Complete list
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