The Buffalo News

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The July 24, 2012 front page of
The Buffalo News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Berkshire Hathaway
Publisher Warren T. Colville
Editor Mike Connelly[1]
Founded 1880
Headquarters 1 News Plaza
Buffalo, New York 14203
United States
Circulation 181,540 Daily
266,123 Sunday[2]
Website buffalonews.com

The Buffalo News is the primary newspaper of the Buffalo – Niagara Falls metropolitan area. This mission of The Buffalo News is to provide news and information to the community we serve, and to support it honestly, accurately and fairly. It was for decades the only newspaper fully owned by Berkshire Hathaway.[3] The News strives to bring you the news and information that's meaningful to your life. With the largest news gathering organization of any media in upstate New York, we pride ourselves on working hard for the community we serve. We also provide help to those who need it through our many community services and initiatives. For our readers, our money-saving inserts and coupons help you provide area families with ways to stretch their hard earned dollars. And for businesses, we have a variety of ways to help you connect with Western New York customers.

History[edit]

Front page of the Buffalo Evening News dated July 21, 1969 featuring the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The News was founded in 1873 by Edward Hubert Butler, Sr. as a Sunday paper.[4] In 1880, the News began publishing daily editions as well, and in 1914, became an inversion of its original existence by publishing Monday through Saturday only, with no publication on Sunday. During most of its life, the News was known as The Buffalo Evening News. A gentleman's agreement between the Evening News and the Buffalo Courier-Express meant that the Evening News would be just that, while the Courier-Express would be a morning-only paper. Until 1977, the News did not publish on Sundays, as per this agreement with the Courier, and its weekend edition appeared on Saturday evening.

In 1977, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway purchased the Evening News,[3] and began publishing on Saturday and Sunday mornings.[4] After a period of financial decline, the Courier-Express published its last issue on September 19, 1982. That year, the Evening News shortened its name to The Buffalo News and until 2006, published morning and evening editions. On October 1, 2006, the News announced it would abandon its afternoon edition later that month, and publish only a morning issue.[citation needed] Now the newspaper has been profitable every year for the last ten years.[citation needed]

Today, The Buffalo News publishes three editions every morning (Western New York, Final and Niagara) and appears online at BuffaloNews.com reaching over 400,000 readers across eight counties each day. The News Designated Market Area had the largest adult population in Upstate New York. Counties in total circulation area: New York - Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Steuben, Wyoming; Pennsylvania - Cameron, Erie, McKean, Potter, Warren.

Buffalo news building

Community role[edit]

The News believes that being a good newspaper also requires being a good citizen. For that reason, the News either initiates or is asked to help support many causes throughout Western New York each year. The News responds with cash contributions, promotional support, printed materials, equipment and volunteers - using it's resources to make Western New York an even better place to live. The Buffalo News has a rich history of caring for the community. Programs are supported that provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people, especially for families and people with special needs. For decades the News has spear-headed several significant charitable causes:

-Since 1982, the News Neediest has helped to collect toy, food and cash for local families in need to ensure that all children received gifts and food during the holiday season. -In 1995, the News along with other community partners, established Books for Kids. Books for Kids collects new children’s books from the WNY community and distributes them to needy children who would not otherwise have a chance to own a book of their own. -Every other year, the News partners with the Junior League of Buffalo on the Decorators' Show House. All proceeds from the House go directly back into the community. Since 1981 several local non-profits, educational centers and cultural institutions have benefited from the Show House proceeds. -For one day a year the News supports Kids Day to raise money for the local children's hospital and other charities in Western New York. Newspapers are sold on the streets for one dollar thanks to the help of over 3,000 volunteers and 100,000 donors. This initiative started in 1982.

For students, the Buffalo News supports the annual Buffalo News Spelling Bee and Editorial Cartoon Contest each year.

The newspaper founded and formerly owned the WBEN television and radio stations, which are now WIVB (Channel 4), WBEN (930), WYRK (106.5) and WTSS (102.5), respectively.

Pulitzer Prizes[edit]

Journalists for The Buffalo News and The Buffalo Evening News have won four Pulitzer Prizes. In 1958, Bruce Shanks received the Editorial Cartooning award for his August 10, 1957 piece, "The Thinker," detailing union corruption. In 1961, Edgar May received the Local Reporting award for his series, "Our Costly Dilemma," concerning the need for reform of New York State's welfare system. The series touched off debates about welfare reform nationwide. In 1990, Tom Toles brought the News its second Editorial Cartooning award, for his work throughout the year (although his piece "First Amendment" is often cited as the "exemplary" work that merited the award). (Toles currently serves as an editorial cartoonist with The Washington Post, where he succeeded the late Herbert Block, known as Herblock.) In 2015, Adam Zyglis won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for using, in the committee's citation, "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in few words. News journalists have been finalists for three other Pulitzer Prizes, but did not win: Toles (1985 and 1996, for Editorial Cartooning) and James Heaney (1993, for Investigative Reporting). Other journalists who won awards include Richard J. Burke a/k/a Dick Burke, who in 1972 won the New York State Associated Press Award for his series of articles about bicycling around Western New York.

Past Publishers and Editors[edit]

  • Edward H. Butler - Publisher, 1880 - 1914
  • Edward H. Butler Jr. - Publisher, 1914 - 1956
  • James H. Righter - Publisher, 1956 - 1971
  • Kate M. Robinson Butler - Publisher, 1971-1974
  • Henry Z. Urban - Publisher, 1974 - 1983
  • Stanford Lipsey - Publisher, 1983 - 2013
  • Alfred H. Kirchhofer - Editor, 1956 - 1966
  • Paul E. Neville - Editor, 1966 - 1969
  • Murray B. Light - Editor, 1979 - 1999
  • Margaret Sullivan - Editor, 1999 - 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gee, Denise Jewell (18 September 2012). "Sarasota editor named Buffalo News editor". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  3. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Warren Buffett — Newspaper Industry Got Too Complacent". Editor & Publisher. December 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  4. ^ a b Frequently Asked Questions, www.buffalonews.com

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