The logo of the Billings Gazette
|Founded||1885 (as Billings Daily Gazette)|
|Headquarters||401 North Broadway Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
The Billings Gazette is the largest newspaper in Montana. It is geographically one of the most widely distributed newspapers in the nation.
Each day carriers deliver more than 45,000 daily copies, and that number increases to 50,000 on Sunday. To accomplish this 450 independent carriers and bundle haulers drive in excess of 12,000 miles to deliver papers in more than 120 different towns across more than 105,000 square miles (roughly the size of Iowa and Illinois combined).
- The first newspaper in Billings was published in 1882.
- The first edition of the Gazette was published May 3, 1885, on a single sheet of paper.
- The Billings Gazette moved into its current building on July 20, 1968– 47 years ago.
- The Billings Gazette facility is approximately 94,000 sq ft (8,700 m2) and employs more than 200 people. There are people working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The Billings Gazette celebrated its 125th birthday in 2010.
The Billings Gazette prints three editions of the Gazette every day: local, State, and Wyoming. The Wyoming edition is printed first because it has the farthest to travel.
The press runs from around 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. daily and prints approximately 45,000 copies of the Billings Gazette. For the Sunday paper, the press runs from around 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. and approximately 50,000 copies are printed.