|Political alignment||Centre left|
|Headquarters||21 Auburn Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
The Illawarra Mercury is published from Monday to Friday with a weekend edition published on Saturday, in Wollongong, the third largest city in the State of New South Wales, Australia. It has been published since 1855, making it one of Australia's oldest newspapers. It has been published daily since December 1949, and has had no competition since the 1960s.
The Mercury once was jocularly known as The Mockery among residents of the Illawarra region due to its perceived shallowness of coverage and lack of accuracy. As a result it became a running gag on the ABC's Media Watch in the period when Stuart Littlemore hosted the programme, and The Mercury was edited by Peter Cullen. The Mercury is published in the standard Australian tabloid format, with each page having an approximate size of A3. Despite being marketed towards residents of the Illawarra and surrounding regions, it can be purchased throughout the Sydney metropolitan region where it is popular due to the high quality of its horse-racing and sport coverage. In 2005 The Mercury was named Newspaper of the year 20,000-50,000 circ. by the Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher's association PANPA.  The paper has often supported Labor at state and federal elections, but backed the Liberal Party for the 2011 New South Wales state election. Alistair Langford-Wilson became editor in April 2012.
Its editorial cartoonist, Vince O'Farrell, has won international awards for his work - his cartoon immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks depicting tears rolling down the Statue of Liberty's cheeks is one example. O'Farrell is a six-time winner of the Rotary cartoons award.
The Illawarra Mercury is owned by Fairfax Media, though the newspaper is editorially independent. Fairfax acquired the paper in 1969.
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