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The Blade
The Blade front page.jpg
The July 27, 2005, front page of
The Blade
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Block Communications
Editor Ron Royhab
Founded 1835
Headquarters 119,901 Daily
141,141 Sunday[1]
Circulation 541 North Superior Street
Toledo, Ohio 43660
Official website

The Blade is a daily newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, first published on December 19, 1835.[2]



David Ross Locke gained national fame for the paper during the Civil War era by writing under the pen name Petroleum V. Nasby. Writing under the pen name, Locke wrote satires ranging on topics from slavery to the Civil War to temperance. President Abraham Lincoln was fond of the Nasby satires and sometimes quoted them. In 1867 Locke bought The Blade.

In 2004 The Blade won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting with a series of stories entitled "Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths". The story brought to light the story of the Tiger Force, a Vietnam fighting force that brutalized the local population. In 2006, The Blade was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the National Headliner Award, for breaking the scandal in Ohio known as Coingate.

Its current editor in chief is John Robinson Block, whose family purchased the paper in 1926 and who also own the media conglomerate Block Communications, which owns cable systems, television stations, and an Internet service network, Buckeye Express.

According to a 2008 BurrellsLuce circulation report, The Blade has the 83rd largest daily newspaper circulation in the United States.

The Toledo Blade was named for the famed swordsmithing industry of the original city of Toledo, Spain.


In 2007 Blade photojournalist Allan Detrich left the Blade when it was discovered that he had digitally altered a photo that was published on the front page of the March 31, 2007, edition. A subsequent investigation revealed that he had digitally altered and submitted 79 photos during the first 14 weeks of 2007, 58 of which ran either in the Blade or on its website.[3][4]

Members of several unions worked without contracts from March–August 2006. Over the course of August 2006, The Blade locked out over 25% of all of its employees. The strike and lockout ended in May 2007.[5]


  1. ^ "2008 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2009-04-06.  
  2. ^ With a clue (Metro Times Detroit)
  3. ^ Winslow, Ron (2008-04-09). "Toledo Blade's Detrich Resigns Over Digitally Altered Photograph". News Photographer magazine (National Press Photographers Association). Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  4. ^ Royhab, Ron (2008-04-15). "A basic rule: Newspaper photos must tell the truth". Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  5. ^ "Blade, Unions reach a deal to end the lockout". The Bryan Times. May 24, 2007.  

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