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The Saginaw News
Type three-times weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc. D.B.A. Booth Newspapers, Inc.
Language English
Headquarters Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Official website

The Saginaw News is a newspaper publication based in Saginaw, Michigan, owned by Booth Newspapers, a division of Advance Publications. Published on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, the paper has approximately 50,000 readers each day. It will celebrate its 150th year in 2009.

The Saginaw News is the sister publication of the neighboring Bay City Times and Flint Journal, all owned by Booth Newspapers.

The paper was originally published seven days a week until June 1, 2009, when the News and its sister papers, The Bay City Times and The Flint Journal, reduced publishing to three times a week—Thursday, Friday and Sunday, while increasing their web presence. [1] In addition, The Saginaw News began to be published at the Times' printing plant in Bangor Township, near Bay City. [2]



The Saginaw News is headed up by editor/publisher Paul Chaffee, who joined the publication in 1981. Its editorial staff is led by metro editor Jodi McFarland, and assistants Paul Rau, Ken Tabacsko and Stacey Henson. The news editor is Brian Hlavaty; sports editor, Paul Neumeyer; on-line, photo and graphics editor, Bernie Eng. Reporters and their coverage beats include: Darryl Tucker, courts; Justin Engel, City Hall and colleges; Dean Bohn, police; LaNia Coleman, police; Jean Spenner, business; Paul Wyche, business; Corey Mitchell, schools; Denise Mitchell, schools and religion; Jill Armentrout, health; Mary Lawrence, food; Janet Martineau and Sue White, entertainment; Hugh Bernreuter, Mark Constantine, John Walker, John Pozenel, Greg Mancina, sports; Jeff Schrier, Dave Sommers, Melanie Sochan, photographers.


Scarborough Corp., an independent readership assessment organization, recently reported that The Saginaw News has the second highest daily readership (as a percentage of its market) of the many U.S. newspapers for which it reports data. Scarborough ranks the paper's Sunday readership fourth among U.S. markets. Including its web page, the paper's readership is about 85 percent of its market — roughly the boundaries of Saginaw County, population 206,000 in the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau update. Despite this, The Saginaw News is struggling as many national newspapers are. Recently, along with a number of other Booth-owned publications, The Saginaw News has announced cuts to its staff and pages. The full extent of this downsizing is expected to be felt by January 2010. Meanwhile, The Saginaw News Sunday newspaper continues to be more costly than the larger and more-read Detroit newspapers.


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