Contents 1 History 1.1 Early history 1.2 Purchase by the McClatchy Company 1.3 Purchase by the Alaska Dispatch 1.4 2014 name change 1.5 2017 bankruptcy 2 Pulitzer Prizes 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] Early history[edit] The Anchorage Daily News was born as the weekly Anchorage News, publishing its first issue January 13, 1946. The paper’s founder and first publisher was Norman C. Brown. The early president of the paper's parent company was Harry J. Hill, who was also assistant treasurer of The Lathrop Company.[1] This established the theory that Cap Lathrop was really behind the publication, but didn't wish to have his name formally associated with it, unlike his other newspapers such as the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Brown did share Lathrop's views on the statehood issue. Brown became a leader in the short-lived mid-1950s movement to turn Alaska into a commonwealth rather than a state. The newspaper became an afternoon daily in May 1948, although it wouldn't publish a Sunday newspaper until June 13, 1965. By then, the Anchorage Daily News had become a morning newspaper, making that switch on April 13, 1964. By the 1970s, the gradual downturn in the newspaper industry was taking its toll on the ADN. Lawrence Fanning had purchased the paper in 1968, but suffered a heart attack at his desk and died in 1971. His widow, Katherine Woodruff "Kay" Fanning, took over. Kay Fanning had previously been married into the Marshall Field family (she is the mother of Ted Field, in fact). This was of no help to her, as the paper plunged further into debt as the decade wore on. In 1974, Fanning entered into a joint operating agreement with the Anchorage Times. Times publisher Robert Atwood cancelled the agreement 4 years later. By this point, the paper's news-gathering and editorial operations were operating out of a small two-story storefront building at the corner of West Seventh Avenue and I Street. Purchase by the McClatchy Company[edit] The McClatchy Company purchased the Daily News in 1979, when it bought a controlling interest from Kay Fanning, who had been editor and publisher since Larry Fanning's death in 1971. Kay Fanning continued as the head of the paper until mid-1983. While retaining some financial interest in the paper, she went on to become the editor of the Christian Science Monitor. The Daily News was the first of two newspapers that the then-122-year-old, California-based, McClatchy Company bought outside the state; the Kennewick, Washington, Tri-City Herald was the next. McClatchy would later grow to become a national newspaper company, including the purchase of the Knight-Ridder chain in 2006.[2] Purchase by the Alaska Dispatch[edit] In April, 2014, it was announced that the Alaska Dispatch would be buying the Anchorage Daily News for US$34 million. The deal closed in May, 2014.[3][4] 2014 name change[edit] On Sunday, July 20, 2014, the parent-company of the ADN, the Alaska Dispatch, renamed the paper the Alaska Dispatch News.[5] 2017 bankruptcy[edit] announced on August 13, 2017, that it had filed for bankruptcy after being sued for back rent by Alaska telecommunications company GCI. Control of operations was immediately assumed by a group led by Alaskans Ryan Binkley and Jason Evans, who were in the process of purchasing the paper.[6] In November 2017, the paper's Facebook page reverted its name back to Anchorage Daily News; the paper itself rebranded to Anchorage Daily News on November 18th.[1]

Pulitzer Prizes[edit] The newspaper has won the Pulitzer Prize twice in the Public Service category, in 1976 and 1989. No other Alaska newspaper has ever won a Pulitzer. The 1976 Pulitzer was for its series "Empire: The Alaska Teamsters Story," which disclosed the effect and influence of the Teamsters Union on the state's economy and politics. The Daily News was at that time the smallest daily newspaper ever to win the Public Service Pulitzer. The 1988 series was "A People in Peril," which documented the high degree of alcoholism, suicide and despair in the Alaska Native population.1976 Pulitzer Prize Winners1989 Pulitzer Prize Winners

References[edit] ^ Tewkesbury, David; Tewkesbury, William (1948). Tewkesbury's Alaska Business Directory, Travel Guide & Almanac (1948 ed.). Seattle/Anchorage: Tewkesbury Publishers. pp. 278, 449.  ^ "Where We Are." Knight Ridder. April 28, 2005. Retrieved on August 28, 2012. "Knight Ridder 50 W. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95113" and "Knight Ridder Digital 35 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113-2302" ^ "Alaska Dispatch buys Anchorage Daily News". KTOO-TV. Retrieved 8 April 2014.  ^ "Former Editor speaks about sale", Alaska Mudflats, Jeanne Devon, May 27, 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. ^ "Alaska newspaper gets new name, new mission". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved 20 July 2014.  ^ Zak, Annie. "Alaska Dispatch News files for bankruptcy; new publishers emerge," Alaska Dispatch News, 13 Aug. 2017. Retrieved 13 Aug. 2017.

External links[edit] Alaska portal Journalism portal Official website (Mobile) Today's Anchorage Daily News front page at the Newseum website Alaska Review on YouTube from the Alaska Film Archives – Segment "Life and Times of the News" (1977) discusses the problems the ADN experienced under the joint operating agreement. "Paper in Peril" by David Holthouse, Anchorage Press, May 15–21, 1997. v t e Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (1976–2000) Anchorage Daily News (1976) Lufkin Daily News (1977) Philadelphia Inquirer (1978) Point Reyes Light (1979) Gannett News Service (1980) Charlotte Observer (1981) Detroit News (1982) Jackson Clarion-Ledger (1983) Los Angeles Times (1984) Fort Worth Star-Telegram (1985) Denver Post (1986) Pittsburgh Press (1987) Charlotte Observer (1988) Anchorage Daily News (1989) Washington Daily News / Philadelphia Inquirer (1990) Des Moines Register (1991) Sacramento Bee (1992) Miami Herald (1993) Akron Beacon Journal (1994) Virgin Islands Daily News (1995) News & Observer (1996) New Orleans Times-Picayune (1997) Grand Forks Herald (1998) Washington Post (1999) Washington Post (2000) Complete list (1918–1925) (1926–1950) (1951–1975) (1976–2000) (2001–2025) Retrieved from "" Categories: 1946 establishments in AlaskaAlaska DispatchDaily newspapers published in the United StatesMedia in Anchorage, AlaskaNewspapers published in AlaskaPublications established in 1946Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapersHidden categories: Pages using infobox newspaper with unknown parameters

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