Akron Beacon Journal

Akron Beacon Journal

Infobox Newspaper
name = Akron Beacon Journal

caption = The 2007-03-02 front page of the
"Akron Beacon Journal"
type = Daily newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1839 (as the "Summit Beacon")
ceased publication =
price =
owners = Black Press
publisher = Andrea Houston Mathewson
Exectutive Vice President/General Manager = Alton Brown Jr.
editor = Bruce Winges
circulation = 122,388 Daily
164,902 Sunday [cite web | title=2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation |publisher=Burrelles"Luce" |url=http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2007_Top_100List.pdf |format=PDF |accessdate=2007-05-31 |date=2007-03-31]
headquarters = 44 East Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
website = [http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/ ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal]

The "Akron Beacon Journal" is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, and published by Black Press Ltd.. It is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper places a strong emphasis on local news and business. Industries historically tied to the area are also well-covered, such as rubber and tire production.

The paper was founded when the "Summit Beacon" and "Akron Evening Journal" merged in 1897. The "Summit Beacon" had been published since 1839 and the "Akron Evening Journal" had since 1897. In 1903 the "Beacon Journal" was purchased by Charles Landon Knight. His son John S. Knight inherited the paper, in 1933, on Charles' death. The "Beacon Journal" under Knight was the original newspaper of Knight Newspaper Company.

Andrea Mathewson is the president and publisher replacing Ed Moss.Alton Brown Jr. is the Exectutive Vice President/General Manager.

Corporate ownership

The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder, the parent company of the "Beacon Journal", in June 2006 with intentions of selling 12 Knight Ridder newspapers. McClatchy sold the "Beacon Journal" to Black Press on August 2, 2006.

Black Press is a Canadian company that owns over 100 newspapers in western North America, including the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The "Beacon Journal" is the largest newspaper in the chain.

Former Editors: Mark F. Ethridge, Jr., 1973-1976. Editor and Vice President.


External links

* [http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/ "Akron Beacon Journal" Website (part of Ohio.com)]
* [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-07-2006/0004376561&EDATE= McClatchy to Sell the Akron Beacon Journal to Black Press Ltd. (news release)]
* [http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/business/14910751.htm Knight Ridder sale wins approval]

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