The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
|Founded||1839(as the Summit Beacon)|
|Headquarters||44 East Exchange Street|
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
85,000 Sundays in 2017
The Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States. Owned by GateHouse Media, it is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper's coverage focuses on local news and business, particularly rubber and tire production. The Beacon-Journal has won three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1968, 1971, and 1987.
The paper was founded with the 1897 merger of the Summit Beacon, first published in 1839, and the Akron Evening Journal, founded in 1896. In 1903, the Beacon Journal was purchased by Charles Landon Knight. His son John S. Knight inherited the paper, in 1933, on Charles' death. The Beacon Journal under Knight was the original and flagship newspaper of Knight Newspaper Company, later called Knight Ridder.
The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder in June 2006 with intentions of selling 12 Knight Ridder newspapers. On August 2, 2006, McClatchy sold the Beacon Journal to Black Press. In 2018, GateHouse Media bought the newspaper.
On November 11, 2013, the Akron Beacon Journal printed its last paper in-house. It thereafter used the presses at The Repository in Canton, Ohio, also owned by GateHouse.
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