The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

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The Gazette
The June 16, 2009, front page of
The Gazette
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Clarity Media Group
EditorVincent Bzdek
Founded1946 (1946) (as Gazette-Telegraph)
Headquarters30 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
Circulation93,300 (Daily), 156,500 (Sunday)[1]
$2 daily or $3 Sundays/Thanksgiving Day.

The Gazette is a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. It has operated since 1873.


1955 Sears ad in the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph with the misprinted telephone number that led to the NORAD Tracks Santa Program

The publication began as Out West, beginning March 23, 1872, but failed in its endeavor. The company relaunched as The Colorado Springs Gazette, and the first issue was published on January 4, 1873.[2][3]

In 1946, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Colorado Springs Evening Telegraph merged to form the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. The same year, it was purchased by Raymond C. Hoiles's Freedom Newspapers.

An ad by a Colorado Springs-based Sears store in the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph in December 1955 with a misprinted telephone number to call Santa Claus sparked numerous Christmas Eve telephone calls by children on December 24, 1955, to the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, asking about Santa Claus, and led to the current NORAD Tracks Santa program.[4]

The paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for feature writing on a home explosion. It was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for national reporting for reporting by David Philipps "... expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses, stories augmented with digital tools and stirring congressional action". Philipps left the Gazette soon after, moving to The New York Times. Its name was changed to The Gazette in 1997.

The sale of The Gazette to Clarity Media, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, closed on November 30, 2012. Joe Hight of The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), another Anschutz-owned newspaper, was named editor. [1]

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  1. ^ a b Avery, Greg (November 30, 2012). "Anschutz buys Colorado Springs Gazette". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  2. ^ Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1890). Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming 1890. A.L. Bancroft.
  3. ^ The Colorado Springs Gazette Company History Archived 2016-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Roeder, Tom (December 24, 2007). "NORAD will Track Santa's Trip". The Gazette. Colorado Springs. Retrieved 2009-12-31.

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