The DETROIT FREE PRESS is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan , USA. The Sunday edition is entitled the SUNDAY FREE PRESS. It is sometimes informally referred to as the "FREEP" (reflected in the paper's web address, www.freep.com). It primarily serves Wayne , Oakland , Macomb , Livingston , Washtenaw , and Monroe counties.
The Free Press is also the largest city newspaper owned by
* 1 History
* 1.1 1831–1987: Competitive newspaper * 1.2 1987–present: Joint operating agreement
* 2 Other Free Press publications * 3 Notable people * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
1831–1987: COMPETITIVE NEWSPAPER
The newspaper was begun by John R. Williams and his uncle, Joseph Campau , and was first published as the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer on May 5, 1831. The first issues were printed on a Washington press purchased from the discontinued Oakland Chronicle of Pontiac, Michigan . It was hauled from Pontiac in a wagon over rough roads to a building at Bates and Woodbridge streets in Detroit. The press could produce 250 pages an hour, hand operated by two men. The first issues were 14 by 20 inches (360 mm × 510 mm) in size, with five columns of type. Sheldon McKnight became the first publisher with John Pitts Sheldon as editor.
In the 1850s, the paper was developed into a leading Democratic
publication under the ownership of
Wilbur F. Storey . Storey left for
Chicago Times in 1861, taking a lot of the staff with him. In the
1870s ownership passed to
William E. Quinby , who continued its
Democratic leanings and established a
In 1940, the Knight Newspapers (later Knight Ridder ) purchased the Free Press. During the following 47 years the Free Press competed with The Detroit News , and the Detroit Times —until it ceased publication in November 1960, in the southeastern Michigan market. The Free Press was delivered and sold as a morning paper while the News was sold and delivered as an evening newspaper.
1987–PRESENT: JOINT OPERATING AGREEMENT
In 1987, the paper entered into a one hundred-year joint operating
agreement with its rival, combining business operations while
maintaining separate editorial staffs. The combined company is called
Detroit Media Partnership
July 13, 1995,
In 1998, the Free Press vacated its former headquarters in downtown Detroit and moved to offices into the News building.
August 3, 2005,
Knight Ridder sold the Free Press to the Gannett
company, which had previously owned and operated the News. The News,
in turn, was sold to
The Free Press resumed publication of its own Sunday edition, May 7,
2006, without any content from the News. A quirk in the operating
agreement, however, allows the News to continue printing its editorial
page in the Sunday Free Press. Home of the
Detroit Free Press
December 16, 2008,
Detroit Media Partnership
The Free Press entered a news partnership with
In February 2014, the DMP announced its offices along with those of the Free Press and The Detroit News would occupy six floors in both the old and new sections of the former Federal Reserve building at 160 West Fort Street. The partnership expected to place signs on the exterior similar to those on the former offices. The move took place October 24–27, 2014.
OTHER FREE PRESS PUBLICATIONS
* The Detroit Almanac: 300 Years of Life in the Motor City (2001). Peter Gavrilovich and Bill McGraw, editors. ISBN 0-937247-34-0
* Mitch Albom * Edward A. Batchelor * Donna Britt * Frank Bruni * Mike Downey * Joe Falls * Robin Givhan * Ellen Goodman * Gary Graff * Sam Greene * Edgar Guest * Dick Guindon * Ken Hamblin * Stephen Henderson * Jemele Hill * Lee Hills * Royce Howes * Clark Hoyt * Joe S. Jackson * David Cay Johnston * Michelle Kaufman * David Lawrence Jr. * John C. Lodge * Kurt Luedtke * Myra MacPherson * Dori J. Maynard * Elvis Mitchell * Al Neuharth * Jack Ohman * Rob Parker * William E. Quinby * Rochelle Riley * James Risen * Gene Roberts * Neal Rubin * Lyall Smith * Wilbur F. Storey * Joe Stroud * Neely Tucker * David Turnley * Rob Wagner * Lewis Walter * Taro Yamasaki
* Metro Detroit portal * Journalism portal
* ^ "Top Editor Leaves Detroit Free Press". Detroit Free Press. July 7, 2017. * ^ "Circulation numbers for the 25 largest newspapers". boston.com. NY Times Co. November 1, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011.
* ^ Reindl, JC (April 14, 2014). "Free Press\' Stephen Henderson