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Akron Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal front page.jpg
The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Black Press
Publisher Andrea Houston Mathewson
Editor Bruce Winges
Founded 1839 (as the Summit Beacon)
Headquarters 44 East Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
 United States
Circulation 122,388 Daily
164,902 Sunday[1]
Official website

The Akron Beacon Journal is a four-time Pulitzer Prize winning morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, and published by Black Press Ltd.. It is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper places a strong emphasis on local news and business. Industries historically tied to the area are also well-covered, such as rubber and tire production.

The paper was founded when the Summit Beacon and Akron Evening Journal merged in 1897. The Summit Beacon had been published since 1839 and the Akron Evening Journal had since 1897. In 1903 the Beacon Journal was purchased by Charles Landon Knight. His son John S. Knight inherited the paper, in 1933, on Charles' death. The Beacon Journal under Knight was the original newspaper of Knight Newspaper Company.

Andrea Mathewson is the president and publisher replacing Ed Moss. Alton Brown Jr. is the Executive Vice President/General Manager.


Corporate ownership

The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder, the parent company of the Beacon Journal, in June 2006 with intentions of selling 12 Knight Ridder newspapers. On August 2, 2006, McClatchy sold the Beacon Journal to Black Press, a Canadian company that owns over 100 newspapers, mainly in British Columbia and Washington, as well as its other American daily, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The Beacon Journal is the largest newspaper in the chain.


Former Editors

  • Mark F. Ethridge, Jr., 1973 – 1976; Editor and Vice President.


  1. ^ "2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 

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