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The Michigan Daily
Front page view of the November 1, 2019 edition
TypeStudent newspaper
SchoolUniversity of Michigan
Editor-in-chiefKate Weiland, Shannon Stocking
Managing editorJulia Verklan, Zoe Storer
General managerKathy Ciesinski
News editorRoni Kane, Vanessa Kiefer
Opinion editorJulian Barnard, Quin Zapoli
Sports editorConnor Earegood, Paul Nasr
Photo editorKate Hua, Anna Fuder
Web editorAngela Voit, Daniel Chuang
FoundedSeptember 29, 1890; 133 years ago (1890-09-29)
HeadquartersAnn Arbor, Michigan
OCLC number9651208

The Michigan Daily is a student newspaper published by University of Michigan students in Ann Arbor, Michigan since September 29, 1890. The largest independent student newspaper in the United States, it has consistently been ranked among the top college newspapers in the country.[1] The Michigan Daily is the only daily newspaper in Washtenaw County.[2]


The newspaper is financially and editorially independent of the university's administration and other student groups, but shares a university building with other student publications on 420 Maynard Street, north of the Michigan Union and Huetwell Student Activities Center.

In 2007, renovations to the historic building at 420 Maynard were completed, funded entirely by private donations from alumni. To dedicate the renovated building, a reunion of the staffs of The Michigan Daily, the Michiganensian yearbook, and the Gargoyle Humor Magazine was held on October 26–28, 2007.

The Michigan Daily is published weekly in broadsheet form during the Fall and Winter semesters and in tabloid form from May to August. Broadsheets contain a lengthy SportsWednesday Sports section and occasionally an extended, themed issue called The B-Side from the Arts section. They also include a magazine, originally titled Weekend Magazine. In the fall of 2005, the magazine was renamed The Statement, a reference to former Daily Editor in Chief Tom Hayden's Port Huron Statement. School year circulation is 7,500 copies per day. It has over 230,000 unique visitors per month to its website.[citation needed]

Following the closure of The Ann Arbor News in July 2009,[3] The Michigan Daily became the only printed daily newspaper published in Washtenaw County.[2] In 2010, a visiting former press secretary said the Daily staff had a "strong moral responsibility" to expand their coverage and try to reach a regional audience as a mainstream daily paper.[citation needed]


First issue of The Daily in 1890

In 1952, the Soviet delegate to the United Nations, F. A. Novikov, singled out the newspaper as emblematic of American warmongering. On April 12, 1955, when the success of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was announced at the University of Michigan the Daily was the first newspaper to report it. In 1957, the Daily sent a staff member to Little Rock, Arkansas who, pretending to be a student, attended classes on the first day of integration.

Activist and politician Tom Hayden, a former Daily editor in chief who helped found Students for a Democratic Society while editing the Daily, came to personify the publication's editorial philosophy during the 1960s. The paper was the subject of national press coverage when, in 1967, it urged the legalization of marijuana, and again during the Gulf War in 1991, when it called for the reinstatement of the military draft.

The Daily was instrumental in the spread of the Paul is dead urban legend. An October 14, 1969 Daily article by Fred LaBour and John Gray, entitled "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light", itemized various "clues", many of them of their own invention. Their "reporting" of McCartney's death is claimed by Beatleologist Andru J. Reeve to have been "the single most significant factor in the breadth of the rumor's spread."[4][5]

The first female editor-in-chief of the Daily was Harriett Woods, who later served in Missouri State government, ran for the Senate twice in the 1980s nearly beating John Danforth the first time, and led the National Women's Political Caucus through its Year of the Woman in 1992.

On January 28, 2014, the Daily earned national recognition for breaking news that a Michigan football player had been separated from the university for sexual misconduct.

Notable alumni[edit]

Pulitzer Prize winners[edit]

Daily alumni who have won a Pulitzer Prize include:



  1. ^ "Top 50 College Newspapers | College Choice". 2018-10-13. Archived from the original on 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2023-11-10.
  2. ^ a b Levin, Dan (October 19, 2019). "When the Student Newspaper Is the Only Daily Paper in Town". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ann Arbor News to Close in July," Archived 2009-10-16 at the Portuguese Web Archive Ann Arbor News, 23 Mar. 2009. Accessed 23 Mar. 2009.
  4. ^ McCartney interview - barefoot: Jan 31, 1974 Archived 2009-10-01 at the Wayback Machine - Retrieved: 5 August 2007
  5. ^ Glenn, Allen, "Paul is dead (said Fred)" Archived 2010-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, Michigan Today (November 11, 2009)
  6. ^ "The Virgin Islands Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. ^ University of Michigan Office of Student Publications, "Office of Student Publications | University of Michigan". Archived from the original on 2005-04-04. Retrieved 2005-04-18.
  8. ^ SPJ. "Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced". Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  9. ^ SPJ. "Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards winners announced". Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  10. ^ Becher, Asif (2018-05-14). "Michigan Press Association honors The Daily with 14 awards". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  11. ^ Levy, David (2022-10-04). "We ranked the best college newspapers in 2022 by traffic and engagement". Retrieved 2023-08-09.

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