The Arizona Republic
is a daily newspaper
published in Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populated city in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data...
. Circulated throughout Arizona, it is the state's largest newspaper. Since 2000, it has been owned by the Gannett newspaper chain. It was ranked tenth in US daily newspapers by circulation in 2007.
The newspaper was founded May 19, 1890, under the name The Arizona Republican
Dwight B. Heard, a Phoenix land and cattle baron, ran the newspaper from 1912 until his death in 1929. The paper was then run by two of its top executives, Charles Stauffer and W. Wesley Knorpp, until it was bought by Midwestern newspaper magnate Eugene C. Pulliam
Eugene Collins Pulliam was an American newspaper publisher and businessman who was the founder and longtime president of Central Newspapers Inc., a multi-billion dollar media corporation....
in 1946. Stauffer and Knorpp had changed the newspaper's name to The Arizona Republic
in 1930, and also had bought the rival Phoenix Evening Gazette
The Phoenix Gazette was a newspaper published in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. It was founded in 1881, and was known in its early years as the Phoenix Evening Gazette....
and Phoenix Weekly Gazette
, later known, respectively, as The Phoenix Gazette
and the Arizona Business Gazette
Pulliam, who bought the two Gazettes
as well as the Republic
, ran all three newspapers until his death in 1975 at the age of 86. A strong period of growth came under Pulliam, who imprinted the newspaper with his conservative brand of politics and his drive for civic leadership. Pulliam was considered one of the influential business leaders who created the modern Phoenix area as it is known today.
Pulliam's holding company, Central Newspapers, Inc., as led by Pulliam's widow and son, assumed operation of the Republic/Gazette family of papers upon the elder Pulliam's death. The Phoenix Gazette was closed in 1997 and its staff merged with that of the Republic. The Arizona Business Gazette is still published to this day.
In 1998, a weekly section geared towards college
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students, "The Rep
The Rep was a weekly entertainment guide, in tabloid format, published by The Arizona Republic from 1997 to 2006. It was recently replaced by a similar section simply named Calendar.-External links:*...
", went into circulation. Specialized content is also available in the local sections produced for many of the different cities and suburbs that make up the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Central Newspapers was purchased by Gannett in 2000, bringing it into common ownership with USA Today
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and the local Phoenix NBC
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television affiliate, KPNX
KPNX is a full-service television station serving the Phoenix, Arizona television market as the NBC affiliate. Its studios and offices are located in Phoenix and its transmitter is on South Mountain in Phoenix but it is licensed to the suburb of Mesa. It is owned by the Gannett Company which also...
. The Republic
and KPNX combine their forces to produce their common local news website, www.azcentral.com
. It is the most-visited site in the state of Arizona and is among the most-trafficked newspaper websites in the U.S.
Notable figures include Pulitzer-prize
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winning cartoonist Steve Benson and Luis Manuel Ortiz, the only Hispanic member of the Arizona Journalism Hall of Fame. One of Arizona's best-known sports writers, Norm Frauenheim
Norm Frauenheim is a sports writer from Arizona. Frauenheim has a weekly boxing column at The Arizona Republic. Apart from his duties as boxing writer, he also reports on Phoenix Suns NBA basketball games, going to every Suns' game throughout the NBA season, and he works on NCAA basketball games...
, retired in 2008. Multiple staff members have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
Don Bolles murder
An investigative reporter for the newspaper, Don Bolles
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, was the victim of a car bombing on June 2, 1976, dying eleven days afterward. He had been lured to a meeting in Phoenix in the course of work on a story about corruption in local politics and business and the bomb detonated as he started his car to leave. Retaliation against his pursuit of organized crime in Arizona is thought to be a motive in the murder.
The Arizona Republic
editorial board endorsed President George W. Bush
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in both the 2000
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and 2004 presidential elections
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. In local elections, it has recently endorsed Democratic candidates such as former Arizona Governor and now Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
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and former Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell
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. On October 25, 2008, the paper endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain
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- Valley and State
- News (first section)
- Arizona Living
- Calendar (formerly The Rep) (Thursdays only)
- Travel (Sundays only)
- Arts & Entertainment (Sundays only)
- Local (localized compact newspapers referred to as "Community papers/editions" Wednesday-Saturday only)