Philadelphia Daily News

The Philadelphia Daily News is a tabloid newspaper that serves Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The newspaper is owned by Philadelphia Media Network, which also owns Philadelphia's other major newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Daily News began publishing on March 31, 1925, under founding editor Lee Ellmaker. By 1930, the newspaper's circulation exceeded 200,000, but by the 1950s the news paper was losing money. In 1954, the newspaper was sold to Matthew McCloskey and then sold again in 1957 to publisher Walter Annenberg.

In 1969, Annenberg sold the Daily News to Knight Ridder. In 2006 Knight Ridder sold the paper to a group of local investors. The Daily News has won the Pulitzer Prize three times.

Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News 10302008
The paper's October 30, 2008 front page
TypeDaily newspaper (Monday-Saturday)
Owner(s)Philadelphia Media Network
EditorMichael Days
Managing editorsPat McLoone
News editorGar Joseph
Sports editorRich Hofmann
Photo editorMichael Mercanti
FoundedMarch 31, 1925
Headquarters801 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 U.S.
Sister newspapersThe Philadelphia Inquirer


The Philadelphia Daily News began publishing on March 31, 1925, under founding editor Lee Ellmaker. In its early years, it was dominated by crime stories, sports and sensationalism. By 1930, daily circulation of the morning paper exceeded 200,000. Circulation dropped over the years, and by 1954, the money-losing paper was sold to Matthew McCloskey, a contractor and treasurer of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In December 1956, the paper's financial condition was so bad that McCloskey got permission from the unions for a 90 percent cut in the workforce.

In 1957, McCloskey sold the paper to Walter Annenberg, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Annenberg killed off the Daily News' Sunday edition and made the tabloid into an afternoon paper.

In 1969, Annenberg sold both papers to Knight Newspapers Inc., which eventually became Knight Ridder following a merger. Under the new ownership, the Daily News returned to morning publication and aimed to be taken more seriously. The paper's journalists have won the Pulitzer Prize three times. Richard Aregood won in 1985 for editorial writing, Signe Wilkinson won for her editorial cartoons in 1992 and Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman won in 2010 for investigating reporting for their "Tainted Justice" series focusing on the alleged misdeeds of a rogue narcotics squad.[2]

The paper continues to struggle financially. It was surpassed in circulation, but not readership, by the free daily Metro. When the sale of Knight Ridder to The McClatchy Company was announced in March 2006, there were rumors that McClatchy would close the Daily News. However, in May, before the sale was finalized, it was announced that the Inquirer and Daily News would be re-sold to Philadelphia Media Holdings L.L.C., a local group led by advertising executive Brian Tierney and co-founder of the Toll Brothers homebuilding firm, Bruce Toll. The deal became official on June 29, 2006. The group intended to strengthen the online presence of both papers, and began an extensive ad campaign.[3]

Falling circulation and ad revenue caused Philadelphia Media Holdings to make the Daily News into an edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Without making any other changes to the Daily News, making it part of The Inquirer would combine the circulation numbers of both papers by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. The idea was to make the newspapers more attractive to advertisers.[4] On April 14, 2010 Brian Tierney announced that the Daily News would launch a weekend edition in October. The weekend edition's content would be similar to the daily edition, but would have features that would not be time sensitive and be able to be read anytime during the week.[5]

In early 2009, debts from buying the newspapers forced Philadelphia Newspapers LLC into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[6] The bankruptcy was the beginning of a year-long dispute between Philadelphia Media Holdings and creditors. The group of creditors, which include banks and hedge funds, wanted to take control of Philadelphia Newspapers LLC themselves and oppose efforts by Philadelphia media Holdings to keep control. Philadelphia Media Holdings received support from most of the paper's unions and launched a public relations campaign to promote local ownership.[7]

A bankruptcy auction was held on April 28, 2010. The group of lending creditors and a group of local investors allied with Brian Tierney both bid for Philadelphia Newspapers, but the lenders had the winning bid.[8] The lenders' company, Philadelphia Media Network, took control later that year. In July 2012, after selling the Inquirer Building in 2011, the Daily News along with The Inquirer and moved their offices to the 3rd floor of the old Strawbridge & Clothier department store on East Market Street.[9]

George Fencl Award

The George Fencl Award, named in honor of Philadelphia Police Officer George Fencl, is given by the Daily News to a Philadelphia Police Officer who exemplifies compassion, fairness, and civic commitment. The award was first given in 1986.[10]

Year Rank Name District/Division
1986 Captain David Morrell 26th District, Commanding Officer
1987 Officer Wiley L. Redding 35th District, Community Relations
1988 Officer Joe Donato 19th District
1989 Captain Al Lewis 22nd District, Commanding Officer
1990 Lieutenant Jose Manuel Melendez East Division, Community Interaction Task Force
1991 Captain George Fenzil Traffic Unit, Commanding Officer
1992 Lieutenant Stephen Johnson Police Conflict-Prevention and Resolution Unit, Commanding Officer
1993 Officer Edwin "Bo" Diaz 26th District, Community Relations
1994 Captain Arthur Durrant 26th District, Commanding Officer
1995 Officer James Perkins 2nd District
1996 Officer Joseph Dembeck 14th District
1997 Officer Brenda Robinson-Stowe 16th District, Mounted Officer
1998 Captain William Colarulo 25th District, Commanding Officer
1999 Officer Bernard Turner 22nd District
2000 Chief Inspector Dexter Green Special Operations Unit, Commanding Officer
2001 Deputy Commissioner Sylvester Johnson Patrol, Narcotics, Detectives, and Special Operations, Commanding Officer
2002 Captain William Fisher Civil Affairs Unit, Commanding Officer
2003 Officer Ruth McNatte 16th District, Community Relations
2004 Chief Inspector James Tiano Community Affairs Bureau, Commanding Officer
2005 Officer Darlene Chapman-Cummings Anti-Drug Program: DARE
2006 Officer AnnaMae Law 26th District
2007 Sergeant Kimberly Byrd Chief of Staff
2008 Captain Kevin Bethel 17th District, Commanding Officer
2009 Officer Adrian Hospedale 12th District
2010 Officer Richard "Butch" Riddick 12th District
2011 Officer Joseph Young 12th District, Community Relations

Sportsperson of the Year

The Daily News named its first Sportsperson of the Year in 2008.[11]

Notable employees


The Philadelphia Daily News prices are: $2.00 Monday-Saturday.


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  2. ^ O'Reilly, David (April 13, 2010). "Daily News wins Pulitzer Prize". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  3. ^ Brubaker, Harold; Joseph N. DiStefano (May 23, 2006). "Local group buys Inquirer, Daily News,". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  4. ^ Davies, Dave (March 2, 2009). "Daily News to be labeled edition of Inquirer; no change to content, staff".
  5. ^ Van Allen, Peter (April 13, 2010). "Philadelphia Daily News to launch a weekend edition in fall". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  6. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (February 22, 2009). "Philadelphia Newspapers Seeking Bankruptcy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  7. ^ Denvir, Daniel (September 3, 2009). "Local Flavor". Columbia Journalism Review.
  8. ^ Hepp, Christopher K.; Harold Brubaker (April 28, 2010). "Phila. Newspapers sold to lenders". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  9. ^ Saffron, Inga (July 14, 2012). "Will our move to Market Street move the street?". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  10. ^ Glover, Sarah J. (June 3, 2010). "Fencl Award winners over the years". Philadelphia, PA, USA: Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  11. ^ a b c For complete article, scroll down below the advertisements and also click on links to pages 2, 3, and 4. Kern, Mike (December 30, 2009). "Daily News Sportsperson of the Year: Villanova's Jay Wright". Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  12. ^ "Daily News' Sportsperson of the Year". Philadelphia Media Network. December 29, 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  13. ^ 2010 Daily News Sportsperson of the Year. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
  14. ^ Donnellon, Sam (December 25, 2011). "City of Roy: Halladay named 2011 Sportsperson of the Year". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  15. ^ Mike Trout named Daily News Sportsperson of the Year
  16. ^ "Paul Hagen Wins Spink Award" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012.

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