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Tribune Content Agency
  • Chicago Tribune Syndicate
  • Chicago Tribune-Daily News Syndicate, Inc.
  • Tribune-New York (Daily) News Syndicate
  • Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate
  • Tribune Company Syndicate
  • Tribune Media Services
Founded1918; 100 years ago (1918)
FounderJoseph Medill Patterson
HeadquartersChicago, United States
Area served
United States
ParentTribune Publishing

Tribune Content Agency (TCA) is a syndication company owned by Tribune Publishing.

TCA had previously been known as the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate (CTNYNS), Tribune Company Syndicate, and Tribune Media Services.

TCA is headquartered in Chicago, and had offices in various American cities (Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Queensbury, New York; Arlington, Texas; Santa Monica, California), the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong.


Sidney Smith 's early comic strip The Gumps had a key role in the rise of syndication when Robert R. McCormick and Joseph Medill Patterson, who had both been publishing the Chicago Tribune since 1914, planned to launch a tabloid in New York, as comics historian Coulton Waugh explained:

So originated on June 16, 1919, the Illustrated Daily News, a title which, as too English, was almost at once clipped to Daily News. It was a picture paper, and it was a perfect setting for the newly developed art of the comic strip. The first issue shows but a single strip, The Gumps. It was the almost instant popularity of this famous strip that directly brought national syndication into being. Midwestern and other papers began writing to the Chicago Tribune, which also published The Gumps, requesting to be allowed to use the new comic, and the result was that the heads of the two papers collaborated and founded the . . . syndicate, which soon was distributing Tribune-News features to every nook and cranny of the country.[1]

Patterson founded the Chicago Tribune Syndicate in 1918, managed by Arthur Crawford.[2] In 1933, Patterson (who was then based in New York, running the Tribune's sister paper, the New York Daily News),[2] launched the Chicago Tribune-Daily News Syndicate, Inc. (also known as the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate and the Tribune-New York (Daily) News Syndicate).[3][4]

In 1968, the syndicate offered about 150 features to approximately 1400 client newspapers.[5]

Upon the acquisition of Times Mirror Company in 2000, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate was merged into Tribune Media Services.

On June 25, 2013, the News & Features division of Tribune Media Services became Tribune Content Agency.[6]

On May 8, 2014, Tribune Publishing bought out McClatchy stake in news syndicate, taking full ownership of MCT Information Services.[7]

On June 12, 2014, Tribune Media Services was merged into Gracenote.[8] After the 2016 split of Tribune Company assets between Tribune Media and Tribune Publishing, Gracenote went to Tribune Media (who would sell it to Nielsen in that year) while newspaper syndication content remained with Tribune Publishing under the name Tribune Content Agency.

On September 22, 2014, McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) was renamed Tribune News Service (TNS).

Products and Services[edit]

TCA distributes media products, such as news, columns, comic strips, Jumble and crosswords, printed insert books, video, and other information services to publications across the United States, Canada, and other countries in English and Spanish[9] for both print and web syndication.

Tribune Premium Content is a subscription service for newspapers and other media channels. The content provided includes comics, puzzles, games, editorial cartoons, as well as feature content packages. Tribune Premium Content alsy syndicates content from other sources, such as The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Kiplinger, Harvard Health and Mayo Clinic.[10]

TCA's news service, Tribune News Service, offers breaking news, lifestyle and entertainment stories, sports and business articles, commentary, photos, graphics and illustrations.[11]

Tribune SmartContent is an information service filtered to provide targeted content. Full-text news feeds deliver articles from 600 sources from around the world. [12]

TCA also offered products and services for niche markets via TCA Specialty Products.[13]

TCA has, worldwide, 600-plus contributors and serves more than 1,200 clients, services and resellers.[14]


  • Wayne Lown, General Manager
  • Karyn Esken, VP/Business Development
  • Andres Lombana, VP/International Business Development
  • Rick DeChantal, Sales Director
  • Pia Ingberg, Director, European Operations
  • Mustafa Sharaan, Director of International Business Development
  • Jack Barry, VP/Operations (and Acquisitions Editor)
  • Scott Cameron, Sales Director New Markets, Licensing
  • Zach Finken, Associate Editor
  • Emily Rosenbaum, Associate Editor
  • Matt Maldre, Marketing Manager

Comic strips[edit]

Strips as of 2018[edit]

Discontinued strips[edit]

Editorial Cartoons[edit]

Columns and articles[edit]


  • Ask Amy by Amy Dickinson
  • God Squad, The by Marc Gellman
  • Harvard Health Letters
  • Interpersonal Edge by Daneen Skube
  • Mayo Clinic Q & A
  • Medicine Cabinet, The: Ask the Harvard Experts
  • My Answer from the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
  • My Pet World by Cathy M. Rosenthal
  • Real Estate Matters by Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
  • Right Thing, The by Jeffrey L. Seglin
  • The Smart Collector by Danielle Arnet

Business & Personal Finance[edit]

  • Careers Now by Kathleen Furore
  • Credit Card Chart, The
  • Global Viewpoint Network by Nathan Gardels
  • Interpersonal Edge by Daneen Skube
  • Jill on Money by Jill Schlesinger
  • Kids & Money by Steve Rosen
  • Kiplinger Consumer News Service
  • Kiplinger’s Money Power
  • Markets & Mutual Funds
  • Money Market Package
  • Savings Game, The by Elliot Raphaelson
  • StockReports+
  • Success featuring Kiplinger, Inc. Magazine and Fast Company
  • Terry Savage
  • Your Money by Kiplinger


Card Games[edit]

  • Daily Bridge Club by Frank Stewart
  • Goren Bridge by Bob Jones
  • Poker by Tony Dunst and Bryan Devonshire


Pop Culture[edit]


  • Daily Racing Form’s Consensus
  • Latest Line by J. McCarthy
  • Tennis


  • Entrée Feature Package featuring Environmental Nutrition, Eating Well, The Kitchn and Seriously Simple
  • Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck


  • Environmental Nutrition
  • Harvard Health Letters
  • Healthy Living Package by various contributors
  • How to Keep Well by Irving S. Cutter (1935–?)
  • Mayo Clinic Q & A
  • Medicine Cabinet, The: Ask the Harvard Experts
  • Premium Health News Service by Various Contributors


  • Ask the Builder by Tim Carter
  • Do It Yourself…Or Not? by Gene and Katie Hamilton
  • Living Space by Kathryn Weber
  • Real Estate Matters by Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
  • Smart Collector, The by Danielle Arnet


  • Ana Veciana-Suarez
  • Horoscopes Online by Linda Black & Jeraldine Saunders
  • Lean In Stories from
  • Linda C. Black Horoscopes by Nancy Black
  • My Pet World by Cathy M. Rosenthal
  • Omarr’s Astrological Forecast by Jeraldine Saunders
  • Simple Style by Aramide Esubi
  • Smart Collector, The by Danielle Arnet
  • Tuesdays with Mitch by Mitch Albom




  • Celebrity Travel by Jae-Ha Kim
  • Ed Perkins on Travel by Ed Perkins
  • Kiplinger on Travel
  • Rick Steves’ Europe by Rick Steves
  • Taking the Kids by Eileen Ogintz

World News[edit]

Discontinued columns and columnists[edit]

  • Beauty Answers by Antoinette Donnelly (1919–c. 1946)
  • Doris Blake: Love Problems, Heart Chats, and Heart to Heart Talks (1921–1946)
  • Nancy Dorris: cooking (1930s)
  • W. A. Evans, M.D.: health column (1919-1933)
  • Little Old New York, by Ed Sullivan (1935–1940s)
  • Clare Boothe Luce: national political convention coverage) (1940s)
  • Mainly About Manhattan by John Chapman (1933–1946)
  • Parent-Child by Gladys Bevans (1927—c. 1946)
  • Danton Walker, column on Broadway theatre (1939–1940s)

Games & Puzzles[edit]


  • Daily Commuter Puzzle, The by Jackie Mathews
  • Jumble Crosswords by David L. Hoyt
  • Los Angeles Times Crossword Puzzle by Joyce Nichols Lewis and Rich Norris
  • Quote-Acrostic
  • TV Crossword, The by Jackie Mathews

Jumble Games[edit]

Logic Puzzles[edit]

  • Balancing Birds
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Futoshiki / More or Less
  • Hitori
  • Junior Mind Gym
  • Kakuro by Michael Mepham
  • Killer Sudoku
  • Killer Sudoku Pro
  • Mind Gym
  • Samurai Sudoku
  • Sudoku Daily by Michael Mepham

Visual Puzzles[edit]

  • Spot the Difference

Word Puzzles[edit]

  • ArrowWords
  • Boggle BrainBusters by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
  • Code-Cracker
  • SCRABBLEgrams
  • Word Salsa by Tony Tallarico
  • Word Wheel

Premium Editions[edit]

  • Brainbusters: The Ultimate Puzzle Book
  • Envelope’s Oscar Preview, The
  • Family Health Guide from Harvard Health Publications
  • Guide to Entertaining: Be the Best Holiday Host This Year
  • Guide to Fitness from Harvard Health Publications
  • Guide to Investment from Morningstar
  • Guide to Retirement from Morningstar
  • Guide to Summer Entertaining
  • International Travel Guide
  • Life Skills: How to do almost anything
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Pet Power
  • Travel Guide U.S.A.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Waugh, Coulton. The Comics, 1947.
  2. ^ a b Watson, Elmo Scott. "The Era of Consolidation, 1890-1920" (Chapter VII), in A History Of Newspaper Syndicates In The United States, 1865-1935 (Western Newspaper Union, 1936), archived at Stripper's Guide
  3. ^ "Tribune Company History". Funding Universe. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  4. ^ "International Directory of Company Histories". 63. St. James Press. 2004.
  5. ^ Maley, Don. "Super Roads to Riches are Paved with Comics," Editor & Publisher (Nov. 30, 1968). Archived at Stripper's Guide. Accessed Nov. 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tribune Media Services News & Features Becomes Tribune Content Agency". Tribune Content Agency. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  7. ^ Publishing, Tribune (May 8, 2014). "Tribune Publishing Family Of Companies Takes Full Ownership Of MCT Information Services". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Tribune to merge Media Services into Gracenote operations | Social TV | News". 2014-06-12. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  9. ^ "en Español - Tribune Content Agency". Tribune Content Agency. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Tribune Premium Content". Tribune Content Agency.
  11. ^ "Tribune News Service". Tribune Content Agency.
  12. ^ "Tribune SmartContent". Tribune Content Agency.
  13. ^ "Content on Demand for Special Sections and Niche Publications". TMS Specialty Products. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  14. ^ "FAQ: What is MCT". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  15. ^ Holtz, Allan. "Obscurity of the Day: Closer Than We Think," Stripper's Guide (Sunday, May 21, 2006).
  16. ^ Harvey, R.C. "REVIEWS: Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary," The Comics Journal (MAR 14, 2013).
  17. ^ Little Joe at Don Markstein's Toonopedia, Archived from the original on September 3, 2015.
  18. ^ Astor, Dave. "Mike Peters Moves To King," Editor & Publisher (November 27, 2002).
  19. ^ Press release. "King Features to Syndicate Shoe Comic Strip: Distribution of Popular Feature Begins September 1, 2008," Business Wire (August 2008).
  20. ^ Markstein, Don. "Whiteboy," Toonpedia. Accessed Oct. 26, 2018.

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