The Capital

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The Capital
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Baltimore Sun Media Group/Tribune Publishing
Publisher Tom Marquardt
Managing editors Loretta Haring
Photo editor J. Henson
Founded 1884
Headquarters 888 Bestgate Rd Ste 104, Annapolis, Maryland
Circulation 30,274 daily
35,155 Sunday

The Capital is a daily newspaper published in Annapolis, Maryland, since 1884. Its sister newspaper, The Gazette, is one of the oldest newspapers in America, its origins dating back to the early 18th century. The Capital serves the city of Annapolis, much of Anne Arundel County, and neighboring Kent Island in Queen Anne's County. It is an evening newspaper during the week and offers morning delivery on the weekend.

The Capital, the Maryland Gazette and their sister publications have a long history, having been composed and printed in numerous locations, all in the Annapolis area, for more than 270 years. The company has moved headquarters seven times, including from 3 Church Circle to 213 West St. in 1948, to 2000 Capital Drive in 1987, and to 888 Bestgate Rd Ste 104 in 2014.

The Capital was acquired by The Baltimore Sun Media Group in 2014.[1]


One of the Capital's sister papers is The Maryland Gazette and is one of the oldest, continuously published, newspapers in the United States. The Maryland Gazette was founded in Annapolis in the early 18th century by William Parks.

The first paper to feature the word "Capital" rolled off the presses in 1884 as The Evening Capital.[citation needed]

Modern era[edit]

In 1955 The Evening Capital ceased to be a weekly newspaper, and in 1981 The word "Evening" was dropped.[citation needed]

After the 2006 death by suicide of Philip Merrill, Landmark Communications took full control of The Capital's parent company, Capital Gazette Communications, LLC, which published The Capital, Maryland Gazette, Bowie Blade-News, Crofton-West County Gazette, and Capital Style Magazine.

On January 3, 2008, it was reported that the family-owned Landmark Communications, parent company of The Capital, was for sale.[2]

The Maryland Gazette a sister newspaper of The Capital, is published twice weekly, Wednesday and Saturday, covering northern Anne Arundel County. The southern boundary for home delivery of The Maryland Gazette starts north of Severna Park, a community north of Annapolis.

As of 2013, The Capital has a daily circulation of about 30,000.[3] The papers are printed on a computerized high-speed Goss International Headliner press.


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