The Gazette (Colorado Springs)
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The June 16, 2009, front page of
|Owner(s)||Clarity Media Group|
|Headquarters||30 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
|Circulation||64,394 (Daily), 81,102 (Sunday)
$1 daily or $2 Sundays/Thanksgiving Day.
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.
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 (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado asking about Santa Claus and led to the current NORAD Tracks Santa program.
The paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for feature writing. 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.
- Chuck Asay
- Robert H. Jackson (photographer)
- Wayne Laugesen
- Colorado Springs Independent
- Al Lewis
- Elmo Scott Watson