Mail Tribune

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Mail Tribune
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Rosebud Media LLC
PublisherSteven Saslow[1]
EditorJustin Umberson
FoundedApril 2, 1907
Headquarters111 North Fir Street, Medford, Oregon 97501 United States
Circulation17,138 weekday, 20,505 Sunday

The Mail Tribune is a seven-day daily newspaper based in Medford, Oregon, United States that serves Jackson County, Oregon, and adjacent areas of northern California.

Its coverage area centers on Medford and Ashland and includes many small communities in Jackson County. The newspaper also covers Central Point, Talent, Eagle Point and Phoenix, as well as Jacksonville and other cities in the Rogue Valley.


George Putnam bought the Medford Tribune and two smaller weekly newspapers on April 2, 1907. In 1910, he purchased the Medford Mail and combined it with the Tribune to create the MailTribune.[2] He later sold the paper in order to purchase the Salem Capital Journal.[2]

The Mail Tribune was awarded the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Service, because of its coverage of corrupt politicians.[3]

The predecessor of Local Media Group purchased the Medford paper in 1973, and also owned the nearby Ashland Daily Tidings.[4][5] On September 4, 2013, News Corp announced that it would sell the Dow Jones Local Media Group to Newcastle Investment Corp., an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group, for $87 million. The newspapers will be operated by GateHouse Media, a newspaper group owned by Fortress. News Corp. CEO and former Wall Street Journal editor Robert James Thomson indicated that the newspapers were "not strategically consistent with the emerging portfolio" of the company.[6] GateHouse in turn filed prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 27, 2013, to restructure its debt obligations in order to accommodate the acquisition.[7] The Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings were sold to Rosebud Media in 2017.[8][9]

Daily format[edit]

A daily edition of the Mail Tribune always has at least two sections and 16 pages. The size and configuration of the paper varies day to day, based on how many advertisements have been sold.


The A section of the Mail Tribune is typically 8-10 pages and contains most of the big local, state, national and international news of the day. On Fridays and Sundays, local news is presented in a separate B section.


The sports section runs in the B section, except on Fridays and Saturdays, and features a selection of the day's top local sports stories. The sports section includes a scoreboard of national, international and local sports scores and data.

Other standing pages[edit]

The daily Mail Tribune publishes a business news page somewhere in the paper.

Special sections[edit]

The Mail Tribune's has four special feature sections that run regularly each week. Sunday's edition contains a Your Life section, with general lifestyle content. Wednesday contains the A La Carte section, which features food articles. Friday is the Oregon Outdoors section, containing local and regional outdoors stories. Friday's edition also contains Tempo, a tabloid insert about local arts and entertainment.


The Mail Tribune's North Fir Street newsroom consists of reporters, assigning editors and multimedia staff, as well as a separate sports department. Copy editing and page design is handled at GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design in Austin, Texas.


  1. ^ Stiles, Greg (June 6, 2017). "Mail Tribune is back in local hands". Mail Tribune. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "George Putnam (1872-1961)". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Kay Atwood and Dennis J. Gray (2003; revised and updated 2014). Boom and Bust: Political Turmoil in the 1930s. The Oregon History Project. Oregon Historical Society.
  4. ^ "Changes at the helms" (editorial). The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). July 13, 1973, p. 4.
  5. ^ Rafter, Michelle V. (January 31, 2009). "Good news for small papers". Oregon Business.
  6. ^ "News Corp. sells 33 papers to New York investors". New York Business Journal. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  7. ^ "GateHouse Files for Bankruptcy as Part of Fortress Plan". Bloomberg.
  8. ^ Stiles, Greg. "Updated: Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings sold to Rosebud Media". Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  9. ^ "New Media Completes the Acquisition of the Ohio Publishing Division of Wooster Republican Printing Company for $21.2 Million and Announces the Sale of the Medford, Oregon Mail Tribune for $15.0 Million" (Press release). January 31, 2017.

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