The Hill (newspaper)

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The Hill
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Type Daily newspaper (when Congress is in session)
Format Compact
Owner(s)Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications Inc
Founder(s) Jerry Finkelstein and Martin Tolchin
PublisherPeter Greenberger
EditorBob Cusack [1]
Managing editorsIan Swanson [1]
Photo editorGreg Nash
Founded1994September 1994;25 years ago (1994-09)
Language American English
Headquarters Washington, D.C., U.S.
CityWashington, D.C.
CountryUnited States
Circulation 24,000 print(as of December 2012) [2]
ISSN 1521-1568

The Hill is an American website, based in Washington, D.C. which began as a newspaper publisher in 1994. [3] [4] It is owned by Capitol Hill Publishing, which is owned by News Communications, Inc.


Focusing on politics, policy, business and international relations, The Hill coverage includes the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and election campaigns. [5] On its website, The Hill describes its output as "nonpartisan reporting on the inner workings of Congress and the nexus of politics and business". [6]

The paper was founded in 1994 by Democratic power broker and New York businessman Jerry Finkelstein and Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent for The New York Times . [7] As of 2020, the founder's son, James "Jimmy" A. Finkelstein, serves as its chairman, having succeeded his father after his death in 2012. [3] [7] Bob Cusack serves as the editor-in-chief, Peter Greenberger as the publisher, and Ian Swanson as managing editor. [3]


Vending box for The Hill on K Street. The Hill vending box DC.jpg
Vending box for The Hill on K Street.

The Hill was founded in 1994 under the company News Communications, Inc.[ citation needed ] Jerry Finkelstein, the former publisher of the New York Law Journal and The National Law Journal , was the primary shareholder of the company. New York Democratic Representative Gary L. Ackerman was a major shareholder of News Communications. [7]

The Hill's first editor was Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times . [4] In 2003, Hugo Gurdon [3] (previously industrial editor at The Daily Telegraph and founding managing editor of the National Post ) became The Hill's editor-in-chief. Gurdon turned The Hill from a weekly paper into a daily during congressional sessions. In 2014, Gurdon left for the Washington Examiner and was replaced by his managing editor, Bob Cusack. [1] In 2017 owner Jimmy Finkelstein hired political commentator John Solomon as a journalist over the objections of the editorial staff who objected to his history of spreading conspiracy theories. Solomon reported directly to Finkelstein which removed him entirely from normal editorial oversight. Eventually Solomon’s articles were moved to the opinion section. In September 2019 Solomon left the paper. [8]

The newspaper claims to have more than 24,000 print readers as of 2019. [3] The Hill is distributed for free in newspaper boxes around the U.S. Capitol building, and mailed directly to all congressional offices.

In 2019 CNN reported that Finkelstein was interfering in the editorial independence of the paper in an inappropriate way to minimize criticism of American President Donald Trump. They reported that staff were "in revolt" over Finkelstein's ownership style. [8]




Hill TV

In June 2018, The Hill launched Hill TV, a digital news channel. The channel features Rising, a daily morning news program hosted by Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti. They have launched other web series, such as Why You Should Care with Jamal Simmons. [9]

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