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New York Daily News
New York Daily News.svg
New York Daily News October 8 2016 cover.jpg
Front page for October 8, 2016
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Mortimer Zuckerman
(Daily News, L.P.)
Publisher Mortimer Zuckerman
Editor Arthur Browne
Founded June 26, 1919; 97 years ago (1919-06-26)
Political alignment leftist, populist
Headquarters 4 New York Plaza
New York City 10004
Country United States
Circulation 516,165 Daily
644,879 Sunday[1]
OCLC number 9541172

The New York Daily News is an American newspaper based in New York City. It is the fourth-most widely circulated daily newspaper in the United States.[2] It was founded in 1919, and was the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format. As of 2014, it is owned and run by Mortimer Zuckerman, and is headquartered at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan.


February 5, 1921 front page
Front page on killing of Ben Laden

The Daily News was founded by Connor Nolen in 1919. (It was not connected to an earlier New York Daily News, which was founded in the 1850s, flourished under Benjamin Wood, and ceased publication December 1906.) Patterson and his cousin, Robert R. McCormick were co-publishers of the Chicago Tribune and grandsons of Tribune founder Joseph Medill.[3]

When Patterson and McCormick could not agree on the editorial content of the Chicago paper, the two cousins decided at a meeting in Paris that Patterson set on the project of launching a Tribune-owned newspaper in New York. On his way back, Patterson met with Alfred Harmsworth, who was the Viscount Northcliffe and publisher of the Daily Mirror, London's tabloid newspaper. Impressed with the advantages of a tabloid, Patterson launched the Daily News on June 26, 1919.[3] The cover price was two cents (equivalent to 27¢ in 2016).

The Daily News was not an immediate success, and by August 1919, the paper's circulation had dropped to 26,625.[3] Still, New York's many subway commuters found the tabloid format easier to handle, and readership steadily grew. By the time of the paper's first anniversary in June 1920, circulation was over 100,000 and by 1925, over a million. Circulation reached its peak in 1947, at 2.4 million daily and 4.7 million on Sunday.[4]

Daily News Building, John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, architects, rendering by Hugh Ferriss. The landmark building housed the paper until the mid-1990s.

The News carried the slogan "New York's Picture Newspaper" from 1920 to 1991, for its emphasis on photographs, and a camera has been part of the newspaper's logo from day one. The paper's later slogan, developed from a 1985 ad campaign, is "New York's Hometown Newspaper", while another has been "The Eyes, the Ears, the Honest Voice of New York". The Daily News continues to include large and prominent photographs, for news, entertainment and sports, as well as intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, a sports section, and an opinion section.

News-gathering operations were, for a time, organized using two-way radios, operating on 173.3250 MHz (radio station KEA 871) allowing the assignment desk to communicate with its personnel who utilized a fleet of "radio cars".

Prominent sports cartoonists have included Bill Gallo, Bruce Stark and Ed Murawinski. Columnists have included Walter Kaner. Editorial cartoonists have included C. D. Batchelor.

The paper briefly published between 1978 and 1981 Daily News Tonight, a Monday-Friday afternoon counterpart which competed with the New York Post, which had earlier launched a morning edition to complement the evening newspaper. Occasional "P.M. Editions" were published as extras in 1991 during the brief tenure of Robert Maxwell as publisher.

In 1982, and again in the early 1990s during a newspaper strike, the Daily News almost went out of business. In the 1982 instance, the parent Tribune offered the tabloid up for sale. In 1991, millionaire Robert Maxwell offered financial assistance to The News to help it stay in business. When Maxwell died shortly thereafter, The News seceded from his publishing empire, which eventually splintered under questions about whether Maxwell had the financial backing to sustain it. After Maxwell's death in 1991, the paper was held together in bankruptcy by existing management, led by editor James Willse, who became interim publisher after buying the paper from Tribune. Mort Zuckerman bought the paper in 1993.

From its founding until 1991, the Daily News was owned by the Tribune Company. In 1948 The News established WPIX (Channel 11 in New York City), whose call letters were based on The News' nickname of New York's Picture Newspaper; and later bought what became WPIX-FM, which is now known as WFAN-FM. The television station became a Tribune property outright in 1991 and remains in the former Daily News Building; the radio station was purchased by Emmis Communications, and since 2014 is owned by CBS Radio.

The News also maintains local bureaux in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, at City Hall, within One Police Plaza, and at the various state and federal courthouses in the city.

In January 2012, former News of the World and New York Post editor Colin Myler was appointed editor-in-chief of the Daily News.[5] Myler was replaced by his deputy Jim Rich in September 2015.[6]

Editorial stance and style[edit]

The New York Times has reported that the Daily News has consistently "occupied an inimitable niche, speaking to and for the city's working class and offering a schizophrenic mix of titillating crime reportage and hard-hitting coverage of public issues. ... [R]ather than portraying New York through the partisan divide between liberals and conservatives, The News has played up the more mythic rift between the city’s fiends and heroes."[7]

The Daily News's editorial stance is "flexibly centrist"[7] with a populist streak.[8] In presidential elections, the paper endorsed Republican George W. Bush in 2004,[9] Democrat Barack Obama in 2008,[10] Republican Mitt Romney in 2012,[11] and Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.[12]


From its founding, it was based at 23 Park Place, a block from City Hall, and two blocks from Park Row, the traditional home of the city's newspaper trade. The cramped conditions demanded a much larger space for the growing newspaper.

From 1929 to 1995, the Daily News was based in the landmark skyscraper at 220 East 42nd Street near Second Avenue, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The paper moved to 450 West 33rd Street in 1995, but the 42nd Street location is still known as The News Building and still features a giant globe and weather instruments in its lobby. (It was the model for the Daily Planet building of the first two Superman films). The former News subsidiary WPIX-TV remains in the building.

The third headquarters of the Daily News at 450 West 33rd Street straddled the railroad tracks going into Pennsylvania Station. The building is now the world headquarters of the Associated Press.

In June 2011, the paper moved its operations to two floors at 4 New York Plaza in lower Manhattan.[13] Sixteen months later, the structure was severely damaged and rendered uninhabitable by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. In the immediate aftermath, news operations were conducted remotely from several temporary locations, eventually moving to office space at the Jersey City printing plant.[14] In early 2013, operations moved to rented space at 1290 Avenue of the Americas near Rockefeller Center—just four blocks north of its rival New York Post. The staff returned to the permanent 4 New York Plaza location in early November 2013.

Printing facilities[edit]

In 1993, the Daily News consolidated its printing facilities near Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.[15][16]

In 2009, the paper spent $150 million on printing presses as part of its move to full color.[17][18]

In 2011, the company spent $100 million to buy three new presses, using a $41.7 million Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit from the State of New Jersey.[19]

Pulitzer Prizes[edit]

The Daily News has won ten Pulitzer Prizes over its history.[20]

In 1998, Daily News columnist Mike McAlary won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his multi-part series of columns (published in 1997) on Abner Louima, who was sodomized and tortured by New York City police officers.[21]

In 2007, the News won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a series of thirteen editorials, published over five months, that detailed how more than 12,000 rescue workers who responded after the September 11 attacks and become ill from toxins in the air.[20] The Pulitzer citation said that the award was given to the paper "for its compassionate and compelling editorials on behalf of Ground Zero workers, whose health problems were neglected by the city and the nation."[20]

Noteworthy front pages[edit]

In 1928, a News reporter strapped a small camera to his leg, and shot a photo of Ruth Snyder being executed in the electric chair.[22] The next day's newspaper carried the headline "DEAD!".

October 30, 1975, front page

On October 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford gave a speech denying federal assistance to spare New York City from bankruptcy. The front page of the October 30, 1975 Daily News read: “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.”[23]

In the year leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the paper's headlines became more liberal-leaning and provocative, helping to rejuvenate it and, with more opinionated editorials with the aforementioned headlines, once again demonstrate its place in the city's media.[24]

Following the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist shooting, in which fourteen people were killed, the paper's front page displayed "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS" along with tweets from Republican politicians offering thoughts and prayers.[25] The paper advocated for tighter gun laws, condemning what it described as "empty platitudes and angry rhetoric" rather than action "in response to the ongoing plague of gun violence in our country."[25][26] The provocative headline[25][26] received both praise and criticism.[27]

On January 2016, after Republican senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas disparaged "New York values" in a Republican primary debate, the News responded with a cover page headline reading "DROP DEAD, TED" and showing the Statue of Liberty giving the middle finger.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 25 U.S. Newspapers for March 2013". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ Pompeo, Joe (November 1, 2011). "'Journal,' 'Times' and 'News' among the top five biggest-selling papers in the U.S.; 'Post' is No. 7". Capital New York. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Current Biography 1942, pp. 648–51: "Patterson, Joseph Medill"
  4. ^ "New York Daily News -- Company History". 
  5. ^ Pilkington, Ed, "Former NoW editor Colin Myler takes the helm at New York Daily News", The Guardian, January 4, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Pompeo, Joe, "Colin Myler leaving the Daily News; Jim Rich to be new EIC", Politico New York, September 11, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Alan Feuer, The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End, New York Times (September 27, 2015).
  8. ^ Jonathan Mahler, Drop Dead? Not the Newly Relevant Daily News, New York Times (January 29, 2016).
  9. ^ NY 'Daily News' Endorses Obama -- Had Backed Bush in 2004 -- and So Does 'Detroit Free Press', Editor & Publisher (October 18, 2008).
  10. ^ Daily News endorses Obama for President: He has the promise to renew America at home and abroad, Daily News (October 19, 2008).
  11. ^ "Our choice for America's future: The Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president". Daily News (New York). November 4, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Daily News Editorial Board says Vote Hillary Clinton: She's the best choice for President, while Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the republic". New York Daily News. July 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ Deichler, Andrew. "Daily News Relocating HQ to 4 New York Plaza". 
  14. ^ Myler, Colin (November 5, 2012). "How the Daily News bested Superstorm Sandy: The Daily Planet would be proud". Daily News. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Pinder, Jeanne B. (June 4, 1993). "Daily News to Shift Printing to Jersey City". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Fire damages Daily News printing plant in Jersey City". The Jersey Journal. January 5, 2008. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (November 17, 2009). "With New Presses, Daily News Is Betting on World of Print". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ Erin Carlson (November 17, 2009). "The Daily News Spends $150 Million On New Printing Presses". Business Insider. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ O'Dea, Coleen (December 12, 2011). "Can Urban Transit Hubs Help Revitalize New Jersey's Cities?". Jersey City Independent. Retrieved December 16, 2011. ... state expects to award the first $41.7 million in credits soon to the Daily News, which is spending $100 million on three new presses at its site in Jersey City. 
  20. ^ a b c David Saltonstall, Daily News editorial board wins Pulitzer, Daily News (April 16, 2007).
  21. ^ Mike McAlary's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning Abner Louima columns, New York Daily News (August 13, 2007).
  22. ^ Tom Howard's Ankle Camera (1928) at the National Museum of American History
  23. ^ Infamous ‘Drop Dead’ Was Never Said by Ford New York Times. December 28, 2006.
  24. ^ "Drop Dead? Not the Newly Relevant Daily News". New York Times. 
  25. ^ a b c Chris Cillizza, The New York Daily News’s very provocative front page on the San Bernardino shooting, Washington Post (December 2, 2015).
  26. ^ a b Jessica Durando, Daily News' provokes with cover on Calif. shooting: 'God isn't fixing this', USA Today (December 3, 2015).
  27. ^ Ginger Adams Otis, Daily News cover calling out pols' empty rhetoric after San Bernardino shooting prompts strong responses, New York Daily News (December 3, 2015).
  28. ^ David Wright, New York Daily News to Cruz: 'Drop Dead, Ted', CNN (January 16, 2016).

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