|Parent company||SAGE Publications|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Washington, DC|
CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications, publishes books, directories, periodicals, and electronic products on American government and politics, with an expanding list in international affairs and journalism and mass communication.
Nelson Poynter, former journalist and owner of the St. Petersburg Times, and his wife Henrietta, founded Congressional Quarterly in 1945. Poynter’s vision for Congressional Quarterly was to make transparent the happenings within the government and Washington, DC. Poynter established the Modern Media Institute, now known as the Poynter Institute, with the mission of promoting democracy through education to journalists and other media leaders. After Poynter’s death in 1978, the Institute received controlling stock of the St. Petersburg Times and ownership of CQ.
In May 2008, CQ Press was purchased from Congressional Quarterly by SAGE Publications in its entirety. SAGE is an international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. A privately owned corporation, SAGE has offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore, in addition to the CQ Press office in Washington, DC.
CQ Press consistently ranks among the top commercial publishers in terms of quality, as evidenced by the numerous awards its products have won over the years. CQ Researcher, a print and online periodical covering today's most debated social and political issues, won the ABA Silver Gavel Award in 2002 for its series on liberty and justice. The Society of Professional Journalists honored the publication with a Sigma Delta Chi Award of Excellence in 2000 for a series on health care. In 2002 the CQ Press Reference Information Group launched the CQ Press Electronic Library, which has subsequently grown into a suite of four online periodicals, five online reference databases as well as a suite of online editions of their reference books. Three of the CQ Press Electronic Library modules have earned the title "Best New Electronic Product in the Social Sciences" awarded by the Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division.
College Publishing Group 
The CQ Press College Publishing Group publishes political science textbooks, combining innovative titles with well-known classics, all of which maintain CQ Press's high standards of quality and distinction. The group has recently expanded its offerings to include works on public administration, international studies, journalism and mass communication.
Reference Information Group 
The CQ Press Reference Information Group publishes authoritative content designed for the library market. These publications provide great information focusing on U.S. government, world affairs, communication, political science, and business, with a growing focus on digital content.
Professional Division 
The CQ Press Professional Division produces staff directories, the most authoritative sources for biographical and contact information on the people who work in federal, congressional, and judicial offices. Included among the directories published is the CQ Press Staff Directories series, consisting of the Congressional Staff Directory, the Federal Staff Directory, and the Judicial Staff Directory. These publications contain authoritative and comprehensive contact information on the federal government. The Congressional Staff Directory has been published continuously since 1959, the Federal Staff Directory since 1982, and the Judicial Staff Directory since 1986. Each directory in the series features multiple print editions throughout the year and is complemented with Web-based daily updates. In 2011, the division introduced its latest product: First Street, a political intelligence platform for advocacy professionals. First Street was built on the data that fuels the directories and takes it to the next level by showing relationships among policymakers in one easy-to-find place.The First Street Research Group (FSRG) reviews, investigates, and analyzes the data in First Street to publish exclusive reports and analysis on the people and organizations influencing policy in Washington, DC.
CQ Press offers a breadth of online and print government directories. These publications have provided users authoritative and comprehensive contact information for the federal government for over fifty years. The directories are commonly known around the Nation’s capital as “Red Books”, because of their red covers.
Congressional Staff Directory: With over 16,000 records, Congressional Staff Directory contains detailed entries for all U.S. Senators and Representatives with expanded biographies, photographs, leadership positions, staff members, and full contact information.
Federal Staff Directory: CQ Press’s Federal Staff Directory is the one-stop reference for more than 40,000 contacts in the Executive Office of the President, the Cabinet, independent agencies, and quasi-official agencies.
Judicial Staff Directory: This essential directory is the insider’s guide to move than 28,000 individuals in National Courts, the Federal Court, Bankruptcy Courts, and State Appellate Courts.
Federal Collection: CQ Press’s Federal Collection gives access to Washington’s most trusted Directories. The collection includes Congressional, Federal, Judicial, and Homeland Security Staff Directories online.
Worldwide Government Directory: The most up to date and comprehensive contact information for top government leaders across the globe. The directory contains information for countries’ defense ministries, key intergovernmental organizations, U.S. Embassies and missions abroad, and foreign embassies in the U.S.
Directory of State Court Clerks & County Courthouses: Offers easy access to vital information including court decisions, real estate records, UCC and tax liens, criminal convictions and other important records.
Federal-State Court Directory: Contains all U.S. appellate and district judges and clerks of court, U.S. magistrate judges, and bankruptcy judges’ staff directory information in one convenient book.
- "SAGE acquires CQ Press, Book-Publishing Unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc.". SAGE Publications. May 30, 2008.
- "American Bar Association 2002 Silver Gavel Award Winners".
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