The Knoxville News Sentinel
is a daily newspaper
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in Knoxville, Tennessee
Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, U.S.A., behind Memphis and Nashville, and is the county seat of Knox County. It is the largest city in East Tennessee, and the second-largest city in the Appalachia region...
, USA owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
The E. W. Scripps Company is an American media conglomerate founded by Edward W. Scripps on November 2, 1878. The company is headquartered inside the Scripps Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its corporate motto is "Give light and the people will find their own way."On October 16, 2007, the company...
. It operates Knoxnews.com
, an award-winning news website.
The newspaper was formed in 1926 from the merger of two competing newspapers: The Knoxville News and The Knoxville Sentinel. John Trevis Hearn began publishing The Sentinel in December 1886, while The News was started in 1921 by Robert P. Scripps and Roy W. Howard. The two merged in 1926, with the first edition of The Knoxville News-Sentinel appearing on November 21 of that year.
In 1986 the News-Sentinel became a morning paper, with the other paper in Knoxville, the Knoxville Journal, becoming an evening paper. The Journal ceased publication as a daily in 1991, when the joint operating agreement between the two papers expired. In 2002 the paper dropped the hyphen from its name to become the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The News Sentinels president and publisher is Patrick J. Birmingham, and its editor is Jack McElroy, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News
The Rocky Mountain News was a daily newspaper published in Denver, Colorado, United States from April 23, 1859, until February 27, 2009. It was owned by the E. W. Scripps Company from 1926 until its closing. As of March 2006, the Monday-Friday circulation was 255,427...
. Other management includes Managing Editor Tom Chester, MultiMedia Editor Jack Lail, Metro Editor John North, Visuals Editor Jigsha Desai and Graphics Editor Dan Proctor. Staffers include photographers Michael Patrick, J. Miles Cary, Amy Smotherman-Burgess, Adam Brimer and Saul Young; and writers John Adams, Mike Strange, Sam Venable, Frank Munger, Tom Humphrey, Jamie Satterfield, Josh Flory and Carly Harrington. Knoxnews.com staffers include online producers Lauren Spuhler, Erin Chapin, and Rachel Wise.
Knoxnews.com has won many national awards, including winning three 2008 Digital Edge Awards from the Newspaper Association of America for best overall news website, most innovative user-participation and best site design.
The News Sentinel has sponsored four winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a highly competitive annual spelling bee in the United States, with participants from other countries as well. It is run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W...
- 1940: Laura Kuykendall (now Laura Kuykendall Mullins) - "therapy"
- 1960: Henry Feldman - "eudaemonic"
- 1963: Glen Van Slyke III - "equipage"
- 1994: Ned Andrews - "antediluvian"