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The Asheville Citizen Times
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The June 16, 2009 front page of
The Asheville Citizen-Times
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Gannett
Publisher Randy Hammer
Editor Phil Fernandez [1]
Founded 1870
Headquarters 14 O. Henry Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801  United States
Circulation 58,504 Morning
68,116 Sunday[2]
ISSN 1060-3255
Official website www.citizen-times.com

The Asheville Citizen-Times is a Gannett newspaper based in Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.A.. It was formed on July 1, 1991 as a result of the merger of the morning Asheville Citizen and the afternoon Asheville Times.

Founded in 1870 as a weekly, the Citizen became a daily newspaper in 1885. Writers Thomas Wolfe, O. Henry, both buried in Asheville, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, a common visitor of Asheville, frequently could be found in the newsroom in earlier days. In 1930 the Citizen came under common ownership with the Times, which was first established in 1896 as the Asheville Gazette. The latter paper merged with a short-lived rival, the Asheville Evening News, to form the Asheville Gazette-News and was renamed The Asheville Times by new owner Charles A. Webb. In 1986, $12 million was invested in offset printing presses and a new 44,000-square-foot (4,100 m2) production building in nearby Enka, with composed pages transmitted electronically from the downtown Asheville building located nine miles (14 km) away. In April 1997, the Citizen-Times became the first daily newspaper in Western North Carolina to launch a website; the site now receives tens of thousands of hits a day. Currently, the Citizen-Times has approximately 300 employees.

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