The Topeka Capital-Journal

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The Topeka Capital-Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherStephen Wade
EditorTomari Quinn
FoundedTopeka Daily Capital: 1879 (with heritage dating to 1858)
Topeka State Journal: 1873
Topeka Capital-Journal: 1981
Headquarters100 SE 9th Street, Suite 500
Topeka, Kansas 66612
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The Topeka Capital-Journal is a daily newspaper in Topeka, Kansas, owned by Gannett.


The paper was formed following a series of mergers including the eventual merger of the Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka State Journal and numerous name changes.


Capital-Journal newsroom, 1961
  • 1858: Kansas State Record starts publishing.
  • 1873: Topeka Blade founded by J. Clarke Swayze.
  • 1879: George W. Reed buys the Blade and changes its name to Kansas State Journal.
  • 1879: Topeka Daily Capital founded by Major J.K. Hudson as an evening paper but changes to morning in 1881. Its press is claimed to be the first electric motor press in the United States[citation needed]
  • 1885: Frank P. MacLennan buys Journal and renames it Topeka State Journal
  • 1888: Capital absorbs the Commonwealth, owned by Floyd Perry Baker and his sons, which had earlier bought the Kansas State Record
  • 1899: Frederick Oliver Popenoe buys a 51 percent controlling interest in the Capital.
  • 1900: Charles M. Sheldon, saying that "newspapers should be operated as Christ would operate them," sends the Capital circulation skyrocketing from 12,000 to 387,000 forcing it to print papers in New York and Chicago
  • 1901: Arthur Capper buys Capital and become sole owner in 1904
  • 1940: Oscar S. Stauffer buys the Journal
  • 1951: Capper dies and the Capital become employee owned
  • 1956: Stauffer Communications buys Capper Publications, including the Capital
  • 1962: Former MacLennan home Cedar Crest becomes the Kansas Governor's Mansion
  • 1973: Brian Lanker wins the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for a series of photos of a childbirth, as exemplified by the image titled "Moment of Life".
  • 1975: Susan Ford, daughter of Gerald Ford, and Chris Johns (future photo editor of National Geographic magazine) intern at paper during the summer[1]
  • 1981: Stauffer merges the papers into The Capital-Journal distributed in the morning
  • 1982: Oscar S. Stauffer dies at 95
  • 1994: Stauffer Communications merges with Morris Communications[2]
  • 2017: Morris Communications sells its newspapers to GateHouse Media[3]
  • 2019: GateHouse Media's corporate parent company, New Media Investment Group, announced that it would acquire Gannett and assume its name.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Hall, Mike (December 28, 2006). "Ford's daughter Susan interned at C-J". Topeka Capital-Journal.
  2. ^ Morris buys Stauffer, Fort Scott Tribune, July 27, 1994
  3. ^ "Morris Announces Sale of Publications to Gatehouse Media". Morris Communications. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  4. ^ Lombardo, Cara; Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (August 5, 2019). "GateHouse Media Parent to Buy Gannett for $1.4 Billion". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ "GateHouse Media enters into agreement to acquire Gannett, forming largest U.S. publishing company". The Topeka Capital-Journal. 2019-09-05. Archived from the original on 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2020-10-31.

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