Hudson Dispatch

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The Hudson Dispatch
Former Hudson Dispatch headquarters
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Newhouse Newspapers
Founded1874 (Approximate)
Ceased publication1991
Headquarters400 38th Street
Union City, New Jersey

The Hudson Dispatch was a newspaper covering events in Hudson and Bergen counties in Northern New Jersey.[1] It published continuously from 1874 until 1991, when it was purchased by Newhouse Newspapers.[2] Its headquarters were located at 400 38th Street in Union City.


The Hudson Dispatch was published in East Newark, New Jersey by Trelease, Simonds & Company as Harrison Dispatch, starting around 1874. It moved to Jersey City in 1887, and relocated to Union Hill in 1890.[3]

Starting in the late 1970s, the staff of the Dispatch aggressively covered the notorious political corruption in Hudson and Bergen counties. A series of articles on the corrupt political practices in Union City, New Jersey, led to the conviction of William V. Musto, the city's mayor. During the same period other mayors and even a district attorney were prosecuted on corruption charges in part due to investigative journalism by the Dispatch.[citation needed]

Allbritton Communications bought the paper in 1977. In 1985, the paper was purchased by an affiliate of MediaNews Group.[citation needed]

In 1991 the paper was purchased by Newhouse Newspapers and merged into The Jersey Journal.[4]

Hudson Dispatch Weekly[edit]

Since May 2010, a free bilingual newspaper Hudson Dispatch Weekly has served the North Hudson area. Published by the Evening Journal Association, at 30 Journal Square, one side is printed in English, and the other in Spanish under the title la comunidad.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Good, Philip (April 6, 1991). "Recalling the Glory Days of The Hudson Dispatch". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-17. The paper, based in Union City, was The Hudson Dispatch, in an area with enough corruption, crime, fires and colorful personalities to keep a reporter busy writing three articles a day.
  2. ^ Hanley, Robert (October 27, 1991). "The Hudson Dispatch, 117, Is No More". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-17. The Hudson Dispatch, a morning newspaper that has covered Hudson County in New Jersey for 117 years, was sold yesterday to a rival, The Jersey Journal, and ended publication with yesterday's issue. Newhouse Newspapers, the chain whose papers include The Jersey Journal and The Star-Ledger of Newark, its flagship paper, bought The Dispatch's name and subscription list from Media News Group, a Houston-based chain owned by W. Dean Singleton. The price was about $8 million, an official of one of the companies said.
  3. ^ Karnoutsos, Carmela. Hudson Dispatch Archived 2010-12-29 at the Wayback Machine. Jersey City Past and Present. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Hudson Dispatch is Closing". Bergen Record. April 4, 1991. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-17. The 117-year-old Hudson Dispatch of Union City, whose pages over the years have brimmed with colorful stories about political corruption in Hudson County, will stop publishing as early as Saturday and sell its assets to its main competitor, according to sources. Under the agreement, the Jersey City-based Jersey Journal, whose parent company owns the Star-Ledger of Newark, will acquire the ...
  5. ^ "Notices (colofon)". Hudson Dispatch Weekly. Jersey City: Evening Journal Association. 2010-12-18.
  6. ^ The main cover story of the May 13, 2010 edition is mirrored here on
  7. ^ "Hudson Dispatch". New Jersey City University. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012.

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