The Tufts Daily

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The Tufts Daily
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Founded 1980
Headquarters Medford, Massachusetts

The Tufts Daily, known on campus simply as The Daily, is the student newspaper at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Its first issue was published on February 25, 1980. The paper covers news, arts and sports both on campus and in the Boston area and allows members of the Tufts community to submit op-ed pieces about any campus or global issue. Tufts is currently the smallest college or university in the United States to have a daily student paper.

Unlike other student organizations and publications at Tufts, the Daily is financially self-sustaining, and does not receive funding from the student activities fee.

During the Daily's first two decades, it was engaged in competition with a weekly campus newspaper, the Tufts Observer. The two newspapers co-existed until 2001, when the Observer changed to a biweekly newsmagazine format.


The Daily has four sections of original editorial content (news, features, sports, and arts), one section allowing signed submissions from community members (op-ed), and an editorial page. The Daily opines on campus, national, and global issues through original editorials published four times a week.

News, features, arts, and sports[edit]

The Daily's news section reports on Tufts events, campus politics, and student life. It also offers regular stories on community issues in Medford and Somerville.

The features section typically contains two to three articles offering more detailed perspective on student life and trends in academia, at Tufts and nationwide. It also publishes several weekly series, including profiles of Tufts faculty and students.

The arts section of the paper has been expanding. Beginning as a single article in the paper's first issue in 1980, the arts section now runs three to four articles each day, covering on- and off-campus events. From 1987 until 2002, Arts ran its "Weekender" supplement once a week as an insert magazine. Weekender was relaunched as part of the paper, rather than an insert. The new Weekender includes lengthy features, interviews with a national celebrity, and a staff Top Ten list. The four-page section appears inside Thursday's paper.

The sports section gives in-depth coverage of all Tufts varsity sports and occasional reporting on club and intramural sports. Analysis and profiles of Tufts athletes are provided through columns and weekly features, and major professional sports are also covered in weekly "Inside" columns.

Opinion and Editorial[edit]

The Daily's opinion section accepts submissions from all members of the Tufts community on any campus, national, or global issue. It has become an important platform for campus debate, with particularly explosive pieces often spurring several responses or back-and-forth disputes that can span an entire semester. Until fall 2007, it was known as the Viewpoints section. As part of the merger of the Viewpoints and Editorial departments, the Viewpoints name was retired.

The paper has traditionally run one editorial four times per week, Monday through Thursday. Beginning in the Spring 2006, this increased to include Friday editorials. Students appointed to be Editorial Page Editors write the editorials, which are unsigned, on behalf of the Tufts Daily masthead. Editorials represent the opinions of the Tufts Daily. In the Fall of 2007 the section returned to running only Monday though Thursday.


Beginning in Fall 2007, The Daily began running photospreads, a spread of photos on a particular subject, every other Friday. Previous topics of photospreads have ranged from meetings of the juggling club to Fall Ball to music festivals in Davis Square.


The Daily is led by the following individuals:

The current editor-in-chief for the spring 2016 semester is Sarah Zheng.

Mengqi Sun and Nicholas Golden are the managing editors.

The current Executive Business Director is Yiran Xu.

Past editors-in-chief include:

  • 2015–2016: Joseph Palandrani (fall)
  • 2014–2015: Alexander J. Schroeder (fall), Drew Robertson (spring)
  • 2013–2014: Hannah R. Fingerhut (fall), Caroline Welch (spring)
  • 2012–2013: Rebecca K. Santiago (fall), Martha Shanahan (spring)
  • 2011–2012: Carter W. Rogers (fall), Daniel J. Rathman (spring)
  • 2010–2011: Benjamin D. Gittleson (fall), Alexandra W. Bogus (spring)
  • 2009–2010: Giovanni Russonello (fall), Kerianne M. Okie (spring)
  • 2008–2009: Robert S. Silverblatt (fall), Evans R. Clinchy (spring)
  • 2007–2008: Kelly M. Rizzetta (fall), Matthew J. Skibinski (spring)
  • 2006–2007: Kathrine J. Schmidt (fall), Stephanie Vallejo (spring)
  • 2005–2006: Allison Beth Roeser (fall), Patrice Taddonio (spring)
  • 2004–2005: Jonathan A. Graham (fall), Mark W. Evitt (spring)
  • 2003–2004: Adam D. Cooper (fall), Ethan Matthieu Austin (spring)
  • 2002–2003: Rachel A. Rubenson (fall), Daniel Fowler (spring)
  • 2001–2002: Benjamin Gedan (fall), Russell Capone (spring)
  • 2000–2001: Daniel Barbarisi (fall), Benjamin Oshlag (spring)
  • 1999–2000: Lauren Heist (fall), Jordan Brenner (spring)
  • 1998–1999: Pete Sanborn (fall), Jason Cohen (spring)
  • 1997–1998: Karen A. Epstein (fall), Pete Sanborn (spring)
  • 1996–1997: John B. O'Keefe (fall), Dan Tobin (spring)
  • 1995–1996: David B. Meyers (fall), Jessica N. Rosenthal (spring)
  • 1994–1995: Marc J. Sheinkin (fall), Nadya J. Sbaiti (spring)
  • 1993–1994: Elin M. Dugan (fall), Caroline C. Schaefer (spring)
  • 1992–1993: Patrick Healy (fall), Paul Horan (spring)
  • 1991–1992: Geoff Lepper (fall), David Saltzman (spring)
  • 1990–1991: Lauren Keefe (fall), Anna George (spring)
  • 1989–1990: Steve Clay (fall), Bob Goodman (spring)
  • 1988–1989: Julie Beglin (fall), Kelley Alessi (spring)
  • 1987–1988: Jon Newman (fall), Jonathan Larsen (spring)
  • 1986–1987: Mike Epstein (fall), Mike Epstein (spring)
  • 1985–1986: Andy Feinberg (fall), David J. Kramer (spring)
  • 1984–1985: Sue Roth (fall), Barri Hope Gordon (spring)
  • 1983–1984: Marina Kalb (fall), Sue Roth (spring)
  • 1982–1983: Anthony Everett (fall), Sue Lessler (spring)
  • 1981–1982: Art Charlton (fall), Anthony Everett (spring)
  • 1980–1981: William Frechtman (fall), William Frechtman (spring)
  • 1980: William Frechtman and Robert Farago (spring)

Notable alumni[edit]

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