Pittsburgh City Paper

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Pittsburgh City Paper
The Pittsburgh City Paper Logo
TypeAlternative Weekly
Owner(s)Block Communications
PresidentDonald Block
Editor-in-chiefAli Trachta
News editorColin Williams
Photo editorMars Johnson
Launched1990; 34 years ago (1990)
Headquarters4 Smithfield Street, Suite 1210
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
CountryUnited States
OCLC number26849157
Free online archivesYes

The Pittsburgh City Paper is Pittsburgh's leading alternative weekly newspaper which focuses on local news, opinion, and arts and entertainment. It bought out In Pittsburgh Weekly in 2001.[1] As of April 2015, City Paper is the 14th largest (by circulation) alternative weekly in the United States.[2]


The Pittsburgh City Paper is a free publication and is distributed in most neighborhoods throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area every Wednesday, with about 70,000 copies printed weekly.[3][better source needed]

The City Paper was originally based in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. Like most alternative weeklies, the publication tended toward a left-wing viewpoint. Pittsburgh City Paper's slogan is "All Paper, No Plastic."

The Pittsburgh City Paper is locally owned and has no business relationship with other City Papers found in other cities such as the Washington City Paper and Philadelphia City Paper. In 2016, Steel City Media sold the City Paper to the owners of the Butler Eagle.[4]

On May 15, 2018, City Paper terminated editor Charlie Deitch following pressure from City Paper and Butler Eagle publisher Butler Color Press after a disagreement over coverage of controversial Pennsylvania state representative Daryl Metcalfe.[5] Deitch would go on to found the direct competitor, Pittsburgh Current, as a result.

In 2023, a subsidiary of Block Communications Inc.—owners of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Toledo Blade, and other local news organizations—bought Pittsburgh City Paper.[6] The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2010, the CP news staff won 10 awards out of 11 nominations from the Press Club in western Pennsylvania. Individual winners included Charlie Deitch for Business Writing, Chris Young in Health and Medical reporting, Chris Potter for Columns and Bill O'Driscoll for Best Feature and Science and Technology writing. The news staff also won an award for its coverage of the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.[7]

Since 2010, City Paper staff writers have won more than two-dozen awards for journalism. Editor Charlie Deitch has won 16 Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, including two Ray Sprigle Memorial Awards for best-in-show. Between 2015-2017, News Editor Rebecca Addison has won three consecutive Sprigle Awards. Staff Writer Ryan Deto was the co-winner of the 2016 Sprigle award and in 2017 he was recognized for excellence in race reporting by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for his coverage of detention and eventual deportation of a local community leader.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AAN Staff (September 28, 2001). "Pittsburgh City Paper Buys In Pittsburgh Weekly". Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  2. ^ State of the News Media 2015 (April 23, 2015). "Top 20 Alternative Weekly Newspapers". journalism.org. Pew Research Center. Archived from the original on December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Association of Alternative Newsweeklies - Pittsburgh City Paper". Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  4. ^ Reports, City Paper Staff. "Eagle Media purchases Pittsburgh City Paper". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  5. ^ Lord, Rich (2018-05-15). "Pittsburgh City Paper fires editor after disagreement on coverage of state legislator". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  6. ^ "Block Communications Inc. Subsidiary to buy Pittsburgh City Paper".
  7. ^ "The Press Club of Western PA Announces 2010 Golden Quill Winners", PR Newswire. Retrieved December 18, 2010.

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