The Arizona Republic

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The Arizona Republic
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Gannett Company
PublisherMi-Ai Parrish
EditorNicole Carroll
FoundedMay 19, 1890;128 years ago (1890-05-19) (as The Arizona Republican)
Headquarters200 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
United States
Circulation 321,600 weekdays
347,134 Saturdays
538,579 Sundays in 2012 [1]
ISSN 0892-8711

The Arizona Republic is an American daily newspaper published in Phoenix. Circulated throughout Arizona, it is the state's largest newspaper. Since 2000, it has been owned by the Gannett newspaper chain.

Below are lists of newspapers organized by continent.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,078 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona, one of the Four Corners states, is bordered by New Mexico to the east, Utah to the north, Nevada and California to the west, and Mexico to the south, as well as the southwestern corner of Colorado. Arizona's border with Mexico is 389 miles (626 km) long, on the northern border of the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.


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Early years

The newspaper was founded May 19, 1890, under the name The Arizona Republican. [2]

Dwight B. Heard, a Phoenix land and cattle baron, ran the newspaper from 1912 until his death in 1929. The paper was then run by two of its top executives, Charles Stauffer and W. Wesley Knorpp, until it was bought by Midwestern newspaper magnate Eugene C. Pulliam in 1946. Stauffer and Knorpp had changed the newspaper's name to The Arizona Republic in 1930, and also had bought the rival Phoenix Evening Gazette and Phoenix Weekly Gazette, later known, respectively, as The Phoenix Gazette and the Arizona Business Gazette.

Dwight B. Heard Publisher of the Arizona Republican, now the Arizona Republic

Dwight B. Heard (1869-1929) was a rancher in Arizona, along with the president of the Arizona Cotton Association. He is famous for publishing the Arizona Republican, now The Arizona Republic, from 1912 to 1929. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928. He died in 1929, a few months before the Heard Museum, a Native American art museum named after him was opened.

Eugene Collins Pulliam was an American newspaper publisher and businessman who was the founder and longtime president of Central Newspapers Inc., a multibillion-dollar media corporation. He was the maternal grandfather of Dan Quayle, the 44th Vice President of the United States.

The Phoenix Gazette was a newspaper published in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It was founded in 1881, and was known in its early years as the Phoenix Evening Gazette.

Pulliam era

Pulliam, who bought the two Gazettes as well as the Republic, ran all three newspapers until his death in 1975 at the age of 86. A strong period of growth came under Pulliam, who imprinted the newspaper with his conservative brand of politics and his drive for civic leadership. Pulliam was considered one of the influential business leaders who created the modern Phoenix area as it is known today.

Pulliam's holding company, Central Newspapers, Inc., as led by Pulliam's widow and son, assumed operation of the Republic/Gazette family of papers upon the elder Pulliam's death. The Phoenix Gazette was closed in 1997 and its staff merged with that of the Republic. The Arizona Business Gazette is still published to this day.

In 1998, a weekly section geared towards college students, "The Rep", went into circulation. Specialized content is also available in the local sections produced for many of the different cities and suburbs that make up the Phoenix metropolitan area.

College educational institution

A college is an educational institution or a constituent part of one. A college may be a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, a part of a collegiate or federal university, an institution offering vocational education or a secondary school.

The Rep was a weekly entertainment guide, in tabloid format, published by The Arizona Republic from 1997 to 2006. It was recently replaced by a similar section simply named Calendar.

Gannett purchase

Central Newspapers was purchased by Gannett in 2000, bringing it into common ownership with USA Today and the local Phoenix NBC television affiliate, KPNX. The Republic and KPNX combine their forces to produce their common local news subscription website, In 2013, it dropped from the sixteenth daily newspaper in the United States to the twenty-first, by circulation. [3] On September 25, 2015, Mi-Ai Parrish was named Publisher and President of both the paper and its website, effective October 12. [4]

<i>USA Today</i> American national daily newspaper

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily, middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company. The newspaper has a generally centrist audience. Founded by Al Neuharth on September 15, 1982, it operates from Gannett's corporate headquarters on Jones Branch Drive, in McLean, Virginia. It is printed at 37 sites across the United States and at five additional sites internationally. Its dynamic design influenced the style of local, regional, and national newspapers worldwide, through its use of concise reports, colorized images, informational graphics, and inclusion of popular culture stories, among other distinct features.

NBC American television and radio network

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.


KPNX, virtual and VHF digital channel 12, is an NBC-affiliated television station serving Phoenix, Arizona, United States that is licensed to Mesa. The station is owned by Tegna Inc. KPNX's studios are located at the Republic Media building on Van Buren Street in downtown Phoenix, and its transmitter is located atop South Mountain on the city's south side. The station's programming is simulcast on satellite station KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, and is further relayed through a network of 14 low-power translators across northern and central Arizona.


Notable figures include Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Steve Benson, columnist Laurie Roberts, and Luis Manuel Ortiz, the only Hispanic member of the Arizona Journalism Hall of Fame. One of Arizona's best-known sports writers, Norm Frauenheim, retired in 2008. Multiple staff members have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Other staff include photojournalist Michael Schennum.

Pulitzer Prize U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

Stephen Reed Benson. is a former Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. editorial cartoonist for The Arizona Republic. He was fired January 23, 2019.

Norm Frauenheim is a sports writer from Arizona. Frauenheim had a weekly boxing column at The Arizona Republic. Apart from his duties as boxing writer, he also reports on Phoenix Suns NBA basketball games, going to every Suns' game throughout the NBA season, and he works on NCAA basketball games. One of his NCAA basketball game reports earned him an award.

Don Bolles murder

An investigative reporter for the newspaper, Don Bolles, was the victim of a car bombing on June 2, 1976, dying eleven days afterward. He had been lured to a meeting in Phoenix in the course of work on a story about corruption in local politics and business and the bomb detonated as he started his car to leave. Retaliation against his pursuit of organized crime in Arizona is thought to be a motive in the murder.

Political endorsements

Historically, The Republic has tilted conservative editorially. It endorsed President George W. Bush in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. On October 25, 2008, the paper endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain for president. [5]

In local elections, it has recently endorsed Democratic candidates such as former Arizona Governor, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and now President of the University of California Janet Napolitano and former Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell.

On September 27, 2016, the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential election, marking the first time in the paper's 126-year history that it had endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. Previously, the paper had only withheld its endorsement from a Republican nominee/candidate twice in its history.

During the unusual sequence of events that led up to the 1912 presidential election the paper had opted not to endorse the "formal" Republican party nominee for that election cycle. This was shortly after Theodore Roosevelt had lost the Republican convention nomination to William Howard Taft in the controversial, and allegedly rigged, [6] party convention of that year. After Roosevelt's convention loss, and also after the hasty formation of the "made to order" Bull Moose Party, the paper continued to endorse Theodore Roosevelt via the newly formed party. As a result of Roosevelt's insistence on an independent presidential bid that year, the Republican party of 1912 was in disarray, yielding that year's presidential election to the Democrats, with the GOP only able to carry a total of 8 electoral votes that year. Two of the main planks of Roosevelt's progressive Bull Moose platform had been campaign finance reform and improved governmental accountability.

In the 1968 presidential election, the paper declined to endorse either Richard Nixon or Hubert Humphrey, asserting that "all candidates are good candidates." [7] In the paper's 2016 editorial decision to take the further step of actually endorsing a Democratic candidate for the first time, the paper argued that despite Clinton's flaws, it could not support Republican nominee Donald Trump, denouncing him as "not conservative" and "not qualified." The board also argued that Trump had "deep character flaws.... (and) ... stunning lack of human decency, empathy and respect," suggesting that it was evidence he "doesn't grasp our national ideals." The paper also noted its concern regarding whether or not Trump would possess the necessary restraint needed for someone with access to nuclear weapons, stating, "The president commands our nuclear arsenal. Trump can’t command his own rhetoric." [8] [9]


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  2. "About Gannett: The Arizona Republic". Gannett Co., Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
  3. "2012 Top Media Outlets 2012; Newspapers" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  4. "Mi-Ai Parrish is named publisher of The Arizona Republic". Arizona Republic. 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  5. "McCain: A leader for these times" (PDF). Arizona Republic Editorials. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  6. "Roosevelt, Beaten, to Bolt Today; Gives the Word in Early Morning; Taft's Nomination Seems Assured". New York Times. 20 June 1912. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. "Arizona Republic presidential endorsements: 120 years, no Democrats". The Arizona Republic. 2016-09-07.
  8. "In historic first, Arizona Republic backs a Democrat for president, citing Trump's 'deep character flaws'". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 September 2016.

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