* 1 Ownership * 2 Circulation * 3 Website
* 4 History
* 4.1 20th and early 21st centuries
* 4.2 Management by
Digital First Media
* 5 Editors * 6 Notable columnists
* 7 Awards
* 7.1 Pulitzer Prizes * 7.2 Recent national and international awards * 7.3 Recent local awards
* 8 Controversies * 9 References * 10 External links
The Post is the flagship newspaper of
As the major newspaper in Denver, the Post ranks 12th daily and 10th Sunday of the largest-circulation newspapers in the United States. As of March 2016, it has an average weekday circulation of 1.2 million and Sunday circulation of 840,179.
The newspaper's building in downtown
In August 1892, The Evening Post was founded by supporters of Grover
Cleveland with $50,000. It was a Democratic paper used to publicize
political ideals and stem the number of
However, Cleveland and eastern Democrats opposed government purchase
of silver, Colorado's most important product, which made Cleveland
unpopular in the state. Following the bust of silver prices in 1893,
the country and
A new group of owners with similar political ambitions raised $100,000 and resurrected the paper in June 1894. On October 28, 1895, Harry Heye Tammen , former bartender and owner of a curio and souvenir shop, and Frederick Gilmer Bonfils , a Kansas City real estate and lottery operator, purchased the Evening Post for $12,500. Neither had newspaper experience, but they were adept at the business of promotion and finding out what people wanted to read.
Through the use of sensationalism, editorialism, and "flamboyant
circus journalism," a new era began for The Post. Circulation grew and
eventually passed the other three daily papers combined. On November
3, 1895 the paper's name changed to
20TH AND EARLY 21ST CENTURIES
Among well-known Post reporters were Gene Fowler , Frances Belford Wayne , and "sob sister" Polly Pry . Damon Runyon worked briefly for The Post in 1905–06 before gaining fame as a writer in New York.
After the deaths of Tammen and Bonfils in 1924 and 1933, Helen and May Bonfils , Bonfils' daughters, became the principal owners of The Post. In 1946, The Post hired Palmer Hoyt away from the Portland Oregonian to become editor and publisher of the Post and to give the paper a new direction. With Hoyt in charge, news was reported fairly and accurately. He took editorial comment out of the stories and put it on an editorial page. He called the page The Open Forum and it continues today.
In 1960 there was a takeover attempt by publishing mogul Samuel I.
Helen Bonfils brought in her friend and lawyer Donald
Seawell to save the paper. The fight led to a series of lawsuits as
Post management struggled to maintain local ownership. It lasted 13
years and drained the paper financially. When
Helen Bonfils died in
1972, Seawell was named president and chairman of the board. He was
also head of the
By 1980, the paper was losing money. Critics accused Seawell of being
preoccupied with building up the DCPA. Seawell sold The Post to the
Times Mirror Co. of
In January 2001, MediaNews and
They published a joint broadsheet newspaper on Saturday, produced by the News staff, and a broadsheet on Sunday, produced by The Post staff. Both newspapers' editorial pages appeared in both weekend papers. The JOA ended on February 27, 2009, when the Rocky Mountain News published its last issue. The following day, the Post published its first Saturday issue since 2001.
The Post launched a staff expansion program in 2001, but declining advertising revenue led to a reduction of the newsroom staff in 2006 and 2007 through layoffs, early-retirement packages, voluntary-separation buyouts and attrition. The most recent round of announced buyouts occurred in June 2016.
In 2013, just before legalization in Colorado, The
MANAGEMENT BY DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA
On September 7, 2011, John Paton – the CEO of Journal Register Company – was appointed CEO of MediaNews Group, replacing Singleton, who stayed on as The Post's publisher and CEO of MediaNews until his retirement in 2013. He remains non-executive chairman of the organization. With the move, The Post also entered into an agreement with the newly created Digital First Media, led by Paton, that would provide management services and lead the execution of the company's business strategy in conjunction with Journal Register. Paton stepped down as CEO of Digital First in June 2015, and was succeeded by longtime MediaNews executive Steve Rossi.
In the same announcement, the company said that it would no longer be seeking a sale.
Editors of the Post have included:
Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning by
Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning by
Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography by Anthony Suau
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
References not listed below can be found on the linked pages.
RECENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
* 2007: Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news for The Denver Post's coverage of Colorado's back-to-back blizzards. * 2007: Four awards for outstanding business coverage from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). The project-reporting winner was the Post's 2006 series on Colorado's mortgage foreclosure epidemic, "Foreclosing on the American Dream." * 2007: Former Post staff writer Eric Gorski was awarded first place in "Best of the West" contest in the Business and Financial Reporting category for "The Gospel of Prosperity," a look at the finances of the Heritage Christian Center. * 2007: Visual journalists at The Post won 10 awards in two international newspaper competitions - nine Awards of Excellence in the 28th annual Society of News Design judging and a bronze medal in the 15th annual Malofiej International Infographic Awards, held in Pamplona, Spain.
RECENT LOCAL AWARDS
* 2007: The
In February 2014, The
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* ^ Petty, Daniel (May 17, 2016). "
* History of Denver, by Jerome C. Smiley, 1901, page 672.
* Voice of Empire: A Centennial Sketch of The