Fort Collins Coloradoan
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|Headquarters||1300 Riverside Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
The Coloradoan is a daily newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Coloradoan's website is updated throughout the day with breaking news and video coverage of community news. A portion of the paper's newsroom serves as Northern Newsroom for 9News.
It was founded by Joseph L. McClelland in 1873 as Larimer County Express. Fort Collins Newspapers Inc. was established in 1937 when Speidel Newspapers acquired the publication known as The Express-Courier. The Coloradoan moved from its Old Town Fort Collins location to 1212 Riverside Ave. on the city's east side in 1974. Gannett acquired the newspaper when it merged with Speidel in 1977.
In 2004, Gannett began construction on a new $6 million facility on property adjacent to their Riverside site. In June 2005, advertising, circulation, human resources, news and technology staffs moved into 1300 Riverside Ave. The 30-year old printing press remains at 1212 Riverside Ave.
The new facility includes the Northern Colorado Bureau for KUSA-TV (9NEWS) who is also owned by Gannett. Reporter Adam Chodak and photojournalist Gary Wolfe occasionally report from the building.
The Coloradoan focuses on local news on the covers of its first two sections. The "A" section's interior includes nation and world news and an opinion page. The cover of the second "A" section features business stories, both local and national.
"Section B" features lifestyles content with themed pages dictating coverage. Monday is health and fitness; Tuesday is shopping; Wednesday is food and cooking. Thursday is pets and animals; Fridays is movies and new releases; Saturdays is home and garden; Sundays is a "wild-card" day with anything from religion to cooking being featured, along with Kathleen Duff's On Family column. Comics and TV listings are found on pages B2 and B3, local calendars on page B4 and some days a family page with family-related calendars and columnists. The obituaries, crime reports and more are found in the "B" section. The back page is a detailed full-color weather map cobranded with 9News and featuring the likeness of television weatherwoman Kathy Sabine.
Sports fill the paper's "C" section and covers both local prep, CSU and semi-pro teams around the area as well as Denver pro teams and national sports.
Classified advertisements fill the paper's "Section D". Four puzzles also run in "D": Crossword by Eugene Sheffer, Jumble from Tribune Media Services, and sudoku and kakuro, both from United Features Syndicate.
What was once a single page on the back of the "B" section, has turned into a four-page spread in the second "A" section. Each day is filled with local content, wire content and a small sampling of local stocks. The section features Katy Piotrowski's "On the job' column for those looking to find or change jobs or careers, "Small business" by syndicated columnist Rhonda Abrams and WorkBytes, a workplace column for Generation X written alternately by Dawn Sagario and Larry Ballard, both of The Des Moines Register.
Sean Duff heads a sports department of two full-time copy editors and four reporter/copy editors. The staff includes Sean Duff (Colorado State University golf, high school golf), Hap Fry (High school sports), Kelly Lyell (Colorado State University Rams men's basketball and football).
Since 2000, reporter Miles Blumhardt has written a Sunday section, Xplore, on outdoor adventure topics. The 4-page section debuted on high-quality paper, but converted to standard newsprint six years later as a cost-saving measure. "Trippin'," the section's back page finds Blumhardt, other staffers or readers writing about a recent adventure and sharing photos from the trip. The series is also presented in video.
A free weekly shopper, Coloradoan Connection, contains repurposed material from the newspaper and is delivered to non-subscribers bundled with full-color advertising inserts.
The Coloradoan printed an extra November 18, 1991, upon the release of Beirut hostage Thomas Sutherland, a Fort Collins resident. The Coloradoan's banner headline read "He's Free".
The newspaper also published an extra edition on September 11, 2001.
- Kodrick, Kris (October 24, 2013). "In Colorado, a small paper looks forward". Columbia Journalism Review . Retrieved October 27, 2013.
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