|Headquarters||128 Pine Street|
15,423 Saturdays in 2011
The Sudbury Star began as a daily in January 1909 as the Northern Daily Star, in competition with the city's established daily Sudbury Journal, but it was in immediate financial trouble and folded within just six months. Staff took over ownership of the struggling newspaper, led by foreman William Edge Mason, who then found 10 prominent investors to provide financial backing to the paper. W.E. Mason Equipment was created to take over management of the paper, and by World War I the paper was flourishing and the Sudbury Journal was out of business. In 1922 Mason acquired the North Bay Nugget in North Bay.
In 1948 Mason died and ownership of the paper was taken over by his W.E. Mason Estate. The Nugget was almost immediately sold in an employee buyout, but the Sudbury Star remained under the ownership of Mason's estate until 1950, when J. R. Meakes, Mason's successor as publisher and general manager, bought the paper with co-investors George Miller, Jim Cooper and Bill Plaunt. In 1955 the paper was acquired by Thomson Newspapers. Meakes remained as publisher and general manager until his retirement in 1975.
In the early 1960s, the city saw a "newspaper war" between two startup weekly newspapers, the Sudbury Sun and the Star-owned Sudbury Scene. The Sun, a publication of Northland Publishers, was out of business by 1962, and filed a competition lawsuit against the Scene, alleging that the Scene had deliberately undercut the Sun's advertising rates to protect Thomson's monopoly on English-language periodical publication in the city. The federal trade practices commission ruled in Thomson's favour.
In October 2013 the paper moved from its longtime home at 33 MacKenzie Street in Sudbury to new offices at 128 Pine Street.
The current managing editor of the Sudbury Star is Don MacDonald, who assumed the role in 2014.