The Eagle-Tribune

The Eagle-Tribune (and Sunday Eagle-Tribune) is a seven-day morning daily newspaper covering the Merrimack Valley and Essex County, Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire. It is the largest-circulation daily newspaper owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., and the lead property in a regional chain of four dailies and several weekly newspapers in Essex County and southern New Hampshire.

Although The Eagle-Tribune is historically tied to Lawrence, Massachusetts, the largest city in its circulation area, it has been based since the 1960s in suburban North Andover, Massachusetts, and has not included "Lawrence" in its nameplate since the late 1980s.[2]

The Eagle-Tribune
Sunday Eagle-Tribune front page
December 18, 2011 cover of the
Sunday Eagle-Tribune
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
PublisherKaren Andreas
EditorTracey Dee Rauh
Founded1868, as Lawrence Daily Eagle
Headquarters100 Turnpike Street,
North Andover, Massachusetts 01845, United States
Circulation35,397 daily
36,904 Sundays in 2012[1]


Despite being a small-town publication, The Eagle-Tribune has run some extremely notable stories publicizing scandals inside and outside politics. During the late 1980s, The Eagle-Tribune ran nearly 200 articles on Michael Dukakis and the Massachusetts prison furlough program, with a special focus on Willie Horton. The series was widely credited for ending furlough for first-degree murderers in Massachusetts, and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.[3] During the 1990s, The Eagle Tribune ran a series of articles titled Cracking the Ice: Intrigue and Conflict in the World of Big-Time Hockey, interviewing nearly 400 current and former players and officials, uncovering corruption inside the NHL, its players' association, and Hockey Canada, which would lead to the conviction, disbarment, and resignation from the Hockey Hall of Fame of former NHLPA president Alan Eagleson, earning the series' author, Russ Conway, the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 1999 for his work. The Eagle Tribune was nominated for a Pulitzer for Conway's work.[4] The paper won another Pulitzer in 2003 for its coverage of the drowning deaths of four Lawrence boys in the Merrimack River.[5]

In the late 1980s through the 1990s, The Eagle-Tribune was consistently named New England Newspaper of the Year and earned a reputation for quality journalism.[6]


Before its 2005 sale to CNHI, The Eagle-Tribune and its predecessors had been owned by the Rogers family for more than 100 years, dating back to the purchase of the Lawrence Daily Eagle (founded as a morning paper in 1868) and Evening Tribune (founded in Lawrence in 1890) by Eagle reporter Alexander H. Rogers in 1898.[7]

Rogers passed the role of publisher to his son, Irving E. Rogers Sr., in 1942; he passed it along to his son, Irving Jr., 40 years later.[6] After his death in 1998, the fourth and last generation of Rogers owners took over, in the person of Irving E. "Chip" Rogers III.

During the first Irving Rogers' tenure, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune was founded in 1959 by finally merging the company's two newspapers into one afternoon paper. Irving Rogers Sr. was also the publisher who moved the company to new headquarters in North Andover.[7]

During Rogers family ownership, the paper dropped "Lawrence" from its nameplate.

Former Lawrence Mayor John J. Buckley, in 1990, lauded The Eagle-Tribune for helping the city bounce back from the closure of several mills in the 1950s. He said the paper championed economic redevelopment in its editorials and news articles, and persuaded companies such as Avco, Honeywell and Raytheon to open plants in Lawrence.[8]

In 2005, the Rogers family, which had owned The Eagle-Tribune for generations, sold the newspaper and its subsidiaries—including three other Massachusetts dailies and several weeklies—to Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. of Alabama, for an undisclosed amount of money. Rogers initially stayed on as publisher, but was replaced as publisher later that year.[9]

The paper went through a minor labor dispute in January 2006, after several staff members attempted to start a union. As part of a move to beef up The Eagle-Tribune's presence in New Hampshire, the paper reassigned several staff members to a satellite bureau in Derry, New Hampshire – days after a union vote. Some of the workers said they were being punished for being on a union organizing committee; they said other members of the committee were switched to less desirable night beats. Spokesmen for CNHI said the moves were unrelated to the union vote, which failed.[10]

March 2006 brought the daily paper's conversion from an afternoon to a morning newspaper.


As part of The Eagle-Tribune's push into the suburbs—a move which has left some bitterness in the city[2] – the paper has acquired several weekly newspapers within and bordering its coverage area.

Weeklies published within the paper's circulation area by Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company include the Andover Townsman, circulating 6,900 copies per week in Andover; the Haverhill Gazette, 6,400 in Haverhill; and Town Crossings, 14,700 in Boxford and North Andover.[11]

Bordering The Eagle-Tribune's circulation area in southern New Hampshire, the company publishes the Carriage Towne News in Exeter and nine other towns; and the weekly Derry News in Derry and five other towns.[11]

In 2002, the paper made its largest acquisition, scooping up some of its chief daily competitors for US$64 million. The purchase of the Essex County Newspapers chain from Ottaway Community Newspapers, a division of Dow Jones & Company, brought three neighboring afternoon dailies into the fold: the Gloucester Daily Times, The Daily News of Newburyport and The Salem Evening News. Eagle-Tribune executives touted the creation of a regional news organization; they also laid off some 45 staffers at the Essex County papers, including some editors of the Newburyport and Salem papers.[12]

Since then, the four dailies and the weeklies have made several cost-saving consolidations, cutting down to one printing facility and combining advertising staffs. In 2005, the company employed 700 and reached 341,000 readers in 55 communities, according to a spokesman.[2] In September 2008, the company laid off 52 employees in a cost-cutting move.

With its acquisition of the Eagle-Tribune, CNHI also assumed a 49 percent stake in Costa-Eagle Radio Ventures Ltd. and its three radio stations, WCCM, WCEC (formerly WHAV) and WNNW. Continuing its deemphasis of its home town, the company moved WCCM, a long-time Lawrence radio station to a smaller signal in Haverhill and then to its smallest signal in Salem, N.H. The former owners of the Eagle-Tribune created Cambridge Acquisitions, Inc. during the fall of 1994 to hold the minority stake, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Corporations Division.[13] In April 2017, the WCCM call letters were moved to a station in Methuen, with the Salem station becoming WMVX.

Notable writers

  • Hector Longo


  1. ^ "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Arlington Heights, Ill.: Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Crane, Joyce Pellino. "The Eagle-Tribune Presses On." The Boston Globe, September 22, 2005.
  3. ^ Pulitzer Prize Winners, 1988, accessed July 8, 2007.
  4. ^ Man On A Mission – Russ Conway's investigative work may bring down a hockey power broker, February 19, 1996, accessed August 10, 2011.
  5. ^ [1], accessed March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Irving E. Rogers Jr., 68; Publisher of Eagle-Tribune". Obituary. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), May 22, 1998.
  7. ^ a b About Us, accessed July 8, 2007.
  8. ^ Handley, Ann. "Lawrence Eagle-Tribune Celebrates 100 Years". The Boston Globe, September 23, 1990.
  9. ^ "Eagle-Tribune Chain Sold to Ala. Newspaper Group". The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.), July 28, 2005.
  10. ^ Fitzgerald, Jay. "Paper's Labor Pains?" Boston Herald, February 17, 2006.
  11. ^ a b The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company: Advertising Rates 2007, accessed July 8, 2007.
  12. ^ Gatlin, Greg. "Buyers of N. Shore Papers Ax Top Editors". Boston Herald, May 30, 2002.
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  14. ^ Farber, Michael (1996-02-19). "Man on a mission: Russ-Conway's investigative work may bring down a hockey power broker". Sports Illustrated Vault. Retrieved 2018-11-03.

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Barbara Ann Walsh (born August 13, 1958) is an American journalist and writer of children's books. She has worked for The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA), Portland Press Herald, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and has taught journalism at Florida International University, University of Southern Maine, and University of Maine at Augusta. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for a series she wrote for the Eagle-Tribune about the Massachusetts prison system. Barbara has also worked as an international speaker for the U.S. Department of State.

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Gloucester Daily Times

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Haverhill Gazette

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Russ Conway (journalist)

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Soggy biscuit

Soggy biscuit (also known as ookie cookie, limp biscuit, wet biscuit, shoot the cookie, or cum on a cookie) is a male group masturbation activity where the participants stand around a biscuit (UK) or cookie (US) masturbating and ejaculating onto it; the last person to do so must eat the biscuit. The game is reportedly played by adolescents, notably in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. In Australia, it is also known as soggy Sao after the SAO brand of biscuits that are popular there.Although soggy biscuit is not necessarily associated with homosexuality, since the game does not require sexual contact, the idea and practice of the game is in keeping with the spirit of adolescent sexual exploration associated by many in the UK with public schools or in Australia with private schools.Although the terminology may differ slightly, the notability of the game is such that variations on the theme are referred to in popular culture, examples including Stephen Fry's The Liar, the German film Crazy, the 2006 film Sleeping Dogs Lie, the episode of Blackadder II "Chains", and the episode of Drawn Together, "Freaks and Greeks".According to the book Law of the Playground, 1866 men were asked: "How close have you got to the game of soggy biscuit, in which you race to wank onto a cracker?" Of the respondents, 6.2% reportedly admitted to having played the game.In November 2011, The Eagle-Tribune reported that police were investigating claims that two Andover High School (Massachusetts) basketball players were hazed by older team members into playing the game. In January 2012, it was reported that two students were expelled over the incident and a further five were suspended. A grand jury was convened to determine if any of the students should be charged criminally.

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The Salem News

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WMVX (1110 AM; "Valley 98.9") is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Established in 1977 as WVNH, the station is licensed to serve Salem, New Hampshire, United States, and is owned by Costa-Eagle Radio Ventures Limited Partnership, a partnership between Pat Costa and his chief investor, The Eagle-Tribune. The station's programming is also heard on translator station W255DA (98.9 FM) in Salem.

WMVX is only licensed to operate from local sunrise until 30 minutes after local sunset (the latter with reduced power); this is to protect WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, in the fall and winter months, it is not unusual for WMVX to be heard before sunrise.


WUBG (1570 kHz; "Big 105.3") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Methuen, Massachusetts, and serving the northern suburbs of Greater Boston. The station is owned by Costa-Eagle Radio Ventures Limited Partnership, a partnership between Pat Costa and his chief investor, The Eagle-Tribune. WUBG broadcasts a classic hits format. The station is branded as "Big 105.3", referring to its FM translator station, W287CW at 105.3 MHz.

WUBG's transmitter is located off Chandler Road in Andover, near the interchange of Interstate 93 and Interstate 495. The station is powered at 44,000 watts by day, but because AM 1570 is a clear channel frequency reserved for Mexico, it must reduce power at night to only 140 watts to avoid interfering with other radio stations. It uses a non-directional antenna at all times. The 250-watt translator station, W287CW, has a transmitter near Girard Road in Medford.

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