The Alpena News

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The Alpena News
Type Monday-Saturday newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Ogden Newspapers Inc.
Publisher William Speer
Editor Steve Murch,
Founded 1899[1]
Headquarters 130 Park Place, Alpena 49707
Circulation 10,013[2]

The Alpena News is a general daily newspaper in the city of Alpena, Michigan in the United States.[3] It has an approximate circulation of 10,000, and is published by Ogden Newspapers Inc.[2] News reports are available on line.[4] The paper was founded in 1899.[1][5] [A] The paper currently has between 20 to 50 employees.[6]

It is the newspaper of record for Alpena County. The circulation area of the Alpena News covers much of Northern Michigan, with a particular emphasis on counties in the northeast lower peninsula.


On August 1, 1899, E.S. Meers began publishing The Alpena Evening News. It was renamed as The Alpena News in 1914.[5]

In its early years it was edited by James Collins, a fiery and opinionated Irishman, who continued as editor until 1909 when he then edited the Alpena Argus-Pioneer.[8]

Alpena had many papers initially. There have been at least a dozen papers (some are name changes) over the years.[5] In 1900, there were two dailies, the Echo and the News; and three weeklies, Alpena Weekly Argus, Farmer and Pioneer. The News was left as the sole survivor by 1918.[9]

The Alpena News is owned by Ogden Newspapers, which includes Escanaba's Daily Press, Houghton's The Daily Mining Gazette, Iron Mountain Daily News, Marquette's The Mining Journal, and Discover.

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  1. ^ Another source erroneously claims the founding was in 1909.[6] In fact, that was the year that The Alpena News was incorporated by James Collins, W. R. Roberson and Thomas J. Ferguson.[7]


  1. ^ a b Alpena News. "Alpena News". Linked in. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Alpena News". 
  3. ^ "Michigan Press Association list of members". Michigan Press Association. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ The Alpena News home page.
  5. ^ a b c "Alpena County". Michigan Newspaper History. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "ALPENA NEWS". 
  7. ^ Law & Law 1975, p. 41.
  8. ^ Law & Law 1975, p. 39.
  9. ^ Law & Law 1975, p. 40.


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