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The Burlington Free Press
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The Gannett Company
Publisher Brad Robertson
Editor Mike Townsend
Founded 1827
(as the Free Press Weekly)
Headquarters 191 College Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0010
 United States
Circulation 48,042 Daily
56,295 Sunday[1]
Official website

The Burlington Free Press is a daily newspaper based in Burlington, Vermont, in the United States. With a circulation of about 48,042 daily and 56,295 Sundays, it is the most circulated paper in Vermont.[2]

The current editor of The Burlington Free Press is Mike Townsend.

The newspaper employs 272 full-time employees in its Burlington headquarters. Most often international news is reprinted stories supplied by the Associated Press and Reuters news services.


The Burlington Free Press originally began as the Free Press Weekly, publishing its first issue in 1827. With use of the telegraph, the newspaper became an evening daily in 1848, although it wouldn't publish a Sunday newspaper until 1965. With the purchase of the Burlington Times in 1868 the Free Press Association was founded. In 1882 the evening edition was canceled due to poor sales and an influx of morning edition readers. In 1961 a new corporation, Free Press Association, Inc. was organized by high positioned Free Press personnel who purchased it from 50 stockholders. The Free Press changed hands in 1971 after merging with the Public Opinion and becoming a part of the Gannett Company.

In July 2008, the company announced they would raise the retail price of their newspapers, except on Sundays, from fifty-cents to seventy-five cents. This did not affect the price for subscribers of the newspaper.

In December 2008, the Gannett Company announced a company wide workforce reduction by ten percent. The Burlington Free Press laid off six of its newsroom staff.

On January 19, 2009, the company introduced a "compactly-edited" daily newspaper, which will circulate three days a week. The full normal edition of The Burlington Free Press will circulate the rest of the days of the week.


  1. ^ "About Gannett: The Burlington Free Press". Gannet Co., Inc.. Retrieved 2007-02-27.  
  2. ^ "Vermont Newspapers". Vermont Living. Retrieved 2007-02-27.  

External links

List of daily newspapers in Vermont
Bennington Banner | Barre Montpelier Times Argus | Brattleboro Reformer | The Burlington Free Press
Caledonian-Record | Newport Daily Express | Rutland Herald | St. Albans Messenger


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