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The predecessor newspapers of the Union-Tribune
- San Diego Sun, founded 1861 and merged with the Evening Tribune in 1939.
- San Diego Union, founded October 10, 1868.
- Evening Tribune, founded December 2, 1895.
Both the Union
and the Tribune
were acquired by Copley Press
Copley Press was a privately held newspaper business, founded in Illinois, but later based in La Jolla, California. Its flagship paper was The San Diego Union-Tribune.-Pulitzer Prizes:...
in 1928 and were merged on February 2, 1992. The merged newspaper was sold to the private investment group Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is an affluent city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. With a population of 34,109 at the 2010 census, up from 33,784 as of the 2000 census, it is home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. Beverly Hills and the neighboring city of West Hollywood are together...
on March 18, 2009.
In November 2011, Platinum Equity sold the paper to a company owned by San Diego real estate investor Doug Manchester, known for his support of conservative political causes and his ownership of the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina
San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina is a hotel in San Diego, California composed of two towers of equal height. The two towers are the 20th tallest buildings in San Diego and are a prominent fixture in the city's skyline. The towers have a height of 361 ft and contain 1,362 rooms...
. The purchase price was reportedly in excess of $110 million.
- 1979, Breaking News Reporting: San Diego Evening Tribune for its coverage of the PSA Flight 182
Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182, registration N533PS, was a Boeing 727-214 commercial airliner that collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego, California on September 25, 1978. Pacific Southwest Airlines' first accident involving fatalities, the death toll of 144 makes it the...
jetliner collision with a small plane over North Park
North Park is a neighborhood in San Diego, California, USA. It is situated to the northeast of Balboa Park, bounded on the north by the canyons overlooking Mission Valley, on the south by Switzer Canyon and the South Park neighborhood, on the east by Interstate 805 and City Heights, and on the...
- 1987, Editorial Writing: San Diego Evening Tribune editorial writer Jonathan Freedman for his editorials urging passage of the first major immigration reform act in 34 years
- 2006, National Reporting: The San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service (with notable work by Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer), for their disclosure of bribe-taking that sent former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham
Randall Harold Cunningham , usually known as Randy or Duke, is United States Navy veteran, convicted felon, and former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 50th Congressional District from 1991 to 2005.Cunningham resigned from the House on November 28,...
to prison "in disgrace". They also received the George Polk Award
The George Polk Awards in Journalism are a series of American journalism awards presented annually by Long Island University in New York in the United States.-History:...
for these stories.
- 2009, Editorial Cartooning: Steve Breen
Stephen Paul Breen is a nationally syndicated cartoonist. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and 2009....
"for his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor."
On August 17, 2010, the Union-Tribune
changed its design to improve "clarity, legibility, and ease of use". Changes include being printed on thinner, 100 percent recycled paper, moving the comics to the back of the business section, and abbreviating the title "The San Diego Union-Tribune" on the front page to "The San Diego U-T".
- W. Jeff Gatewood, founder, October 10, 1868
- Edward "Ned" Wilkerson Bushyhead, 1868–1873 with various partners. Bushyhead (1832–1907) was a miner, publisher and lawman who was born in Tennessee
Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. It has a population of 6,346,105, making it the nation's 17th-largest state by population, and covers , making it the 36th-largest by total land area...
. Part Cherokee
The Cherokee are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States . Linguistically, they are part of the Iroquoian language family...
, he was the son of a Baptist preacher, whom he accompanied from Georgia to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears
The Trail of Tears is a name given to the forced relocation and movement of Native American nations from southeastern parts of the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830...
at the age of seven. Having moved to San Diego, he became the "silent" publisher of the San Diego Union. In 1873, he sold the newspaper. In 1882, he was elected sheriff of San Diego County.
- Douglas Gunn
Douglas Gunn was an American scholar, publisher, pioneer and Republican politician from California....
, 1871–1886. Gunn (August 31, 1841 – November 26, 1891) was a scholar, publisher, pioneer and Republican politician from California.
- John D. Spreckels
John Diedrich Spreckels , the son of German-American industrialist Claus Spreckels, founded a transportation and real estate empire in San Diego, California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries...
, 1890–1926. The son of German-American industrialist Claus Spreckels, he founded a transportation and real estate empire in San Diego.
- Col. Ira C. Copley, 1928–1947
- James S. Copley
James Strohn Copley was a journalist and newspaper publisher. He published the San Diego Union The San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Evening Tribune from 1947 until his death in 1973, and was President of the Inter American Press Association . His politics was "unabashedly conservative,...
, 1947–1973. He was a journalist and newspaper publisher. He published the San Diego Union, San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego Evening Tribune from 1947 until his death in 1973.
- Helen K. Copley, 1973–2001
- David C. Copley
David C. Copley, was born 31 January 1952 in San Diego as David Hunt.In 1965, Hunt's mother married James Copley, the owner of Copley Press, and later became owner herself. David then became the adopted son of Copley. James Copley was publisher of the family-owned Copley Press chain of some 20...
- Edward R. Moss, May 2009—
- Thomas Gardiner, manager of the San Diego Union in 1891
- C.H. Garrigues, Sun reporter