Newsday is an American daily newspaper that primarily serves Nassau
and Suffolk counties and the New York City borough of
Queens on Long
Island, although it is sold throughout the New York metropolitan area.
As of 2009,[needs update] its weekday circulation of 377,500 was the
11th-highest in the United States, and the highest among suburban
newspapers. In 2012,
Newsday expanded to include Rockland and
Westchester county news on its website. As of January 2014, Newsday's
total average circulation was 437,000 on weekdays, 434,000 on
Saturdays and 495,000 on Sundays.
The newspaper's headquarters is in Melville, New York, in Suffolk
2 Editorial style
4.1 Pulitzer Prize
5 In popular culture
7 External links
Alicia Patterson and her husband, Harry Guggenheim, the
publication was first produced on September 3, 1940 from Hempstead.
For many years until a major redesign in the 1970s,
Newsday copied the
Daily News format of short stories and lots of pictures (Ironically,
Patterson was fired as a writer at her father's Daily News in her
early 20s, after getting the basic facts of a divorce wrong in a
published report). After Patterson's death in 1963, Guggenheim became
publisher and editor.
In 1967, Guggenheim turned over the publisher position to Bill Moyers
and continued as president and editor-in-chief. But Guggenheim was
disappointed by the liberal drift of the newspaper under Moyers,
criticizing what he called the "left-wing" coverage of Vietnam War
protests. The two split over the 1968 presidential election,
with Guggenheim signing an editorial supporting Richard Nixon, when
Moyers supported Hubert Humphrey.
Guggenheim sold his majority share to the then-conservative
Times-Mirror Company over the attempt of newspaper employees to block
the sale, even though Moyers offered $10 million more than the
Times-Mirror purchase price; Moyers resigned a few days
later. Guggenheim, who died a year later, disinherited Moyers
from his will.
After the competing
Long Island Press (not to be confused with the
alternative weekly of the same name) ceased publication in 1977,
Newsday launched a separate
Queens edition, followed by a New York
City edition dubbed New York Newsday. In June 2000, Times Mirror
merged with the Tribune Company, partnering
Newsday with the New York
City television station
WPIX (Channel 11), also owned by Tribune.
With the Times Mirror-Tribune merger, the newspaper founded by Alicia
Patterson was now owned by the company that was founded by her
Joseph Medill — which owns the Chicago Tribune
and, until 1991, also owned her father's Daily News. (Tribune sold the
Daily News to British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. After
Maxwell's death in 1992, his publishing empire collapsed and Mortimer
Zuckerman purchased the Daily News.) Chicago, Illinois, real estate
Samuel Zell purchased Tribune in 2007.
News Corporation, headed by CEO Rupert Murdoch, attempted to purchase
Newsday for US$580 million in April 2008. This was soon followed
by a matching bid from Zuckerman and a $680 million bid from
Cablevision. In May 2008,
News Corporation withdrew its bid,
and on May 12, 2008,
Newsday reported that
Cablevision would purchase
the paper for $650 million. The sale was completed July 29,
Altice, a Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company, bought
Newsday and News 12 in 2016.
On July 7, 2016,
Newsday announced that Patrick Dolan and father
Charles Dolan would purchase a 75 percent stake in
associated companies. They are now the majority owners of the
Despite having a tabloid format,
Newsday is not known for being
sensationalistic, as are other local daily tabloids, such as the New
York Daily News and the New York Post.
In 2004, the alternative weekly newspaper
Long Island Press (which is
not related to the defunct daily of the same name) wrote that Newsday
has used its clout to influence local politics in Nassau and Suffolk
Bill Moyers briefly served as publisher. During the tenure of
Robert M. Johnson in the 1980s,
Newsday made a major push
into New York City. The paper's roster of columnists and critics has
included Cathy Young, Jimmy Breslin, Barbara Garson, Normand Poirier,
Murray Kempton, Gail Collins, Pete Hamill, Sydney Schanberg, Robert
Reno (died 2012), Jim Dwyer, sportswriter Mike Lupica, music critic
Tim Page, and television critic Marvin Kitman. The paper featured both
Ann Landers and
Dear Abby for several years. From
1985 to 2005, Michael Mandelbaum wrote a regular foreign affairs
analysis column for Newsday. Noted writer and biographer Robert Caro
was an investigative reporter. Its features section has included,
among others, television reporters Verne Gay and Diane Werts, TV/film
feature writer Frank Lovece, and film critic Rafer Guzman. Newsday
carries the syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.
Pulitzer Prize winner
Walt Handelsman's editorial political cartoons animation are a
nationally syndicated feature of Newsday. In the 1980s, a new design
director, Robert Eisner, guided the transition into digital design and
color printing.
Newsday created and sponsored a "
Long Island at the Crossroads"
advisory board in 1978, to recommend regional goals, supervise local
government, and liaison with state and Federal officials.
It lasted approximately a decade.
On March 21, 2011,
Newsday redesigned its front page, scrapping the
nameplate and font used since the 1960s in favor of a sans-serif
Newsday was ranked 10th in terms of newspaper circulation in
the United States.
A circulation scandal in 2004 revealed that the paper's daily and
Sunday circulation had been inflated by 16.9% and 14.5%, respectively,
in the auditing period September 30, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
The Audit Bureau of Circulation adjusted average weekday circulation
to 481,816 from 579,599; average Saturday circulation to 392,649 from
416,830; and average Sunday circulation to 574,081 from 671,820, and
instituted twice-yearly audits.
On October 28, 2009,
Newsday changed its web site to a paid-subscriber
only model. Newsday.com would open its front page, classified ads,
movie listings, and school closings to all site visitors, but access
beyond this content would require a weekly fee – US$5 as of 2010.
This fee would be waived for subscribers of the print edition of the
paper, as well as for subscribers to parent-company Cablevision's
Internet service. Through its first three months only 35
Newsday subscribers signed up for the paid web
Newsday has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist for 20
additional: If no individual is listed, award is for Newsday
2014: Public Service (Finalist)
2013: Editorial Writing (Finalist) — Editorial Board staff
2008: Public Service (Finalist) — Jennifer Barrios, Sophia Chang,
Michael R. Ebert, Reid J. Epstein, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Eden
Laikin, Herbert Lowe, Joseph Mallia, Jennifer Maloney, Luis Perez and
2007: Editorial Cartooning (Winner) — Walt Handelsman
2005: International Reporting (Winner) — Dele Olojede
2005: Explanatory Reporting (Finalist)
2004: Breaking News Reporting (Finalist)
2002: Criticism (Winner) — Justin Davidson
1999: Criticism (Finalist) — Justin Davidson
1999: Editorial Writing (Finalist) — Lawrence C. Levy
1998: Beat Reporting (Finalist) — Laurie Garrett
1997: Spot News Reporting (Winner)
1996: Explanatory Journalism (Winner) — Laurie Garrett
1996: Beat Reporting (Winner) — Bob Keeler
1996: International Reporting (Finalist) — Laurie Garrett
1995: Investigative Reporting (Winner) — Brian Donovan and Stephanie
1995: Commentary (Winner) — Jim Dwyer
1994: Explanatory Journalism (Finalist)
1993: International Reporting (Winner) — Roy Gutman
1992: Spot News Reporting (Winner)
1992: International Reporting (Winner) — Patrick J. Sloyan
1991: Spot News Reporting (Finalist)
1991: Spot News Photography (Finalist)
1990: Specialized Reporting (Finalist) – Jim Dwyer
1989: Investigative Reporting (Finalist) — Penny Loeb
1986: Feature Writing (Finalist) — Irene Virag
1985: International Reporting (Winner) — Josh Friedman, Dennis Bell,
and Ozier Muhammad
1985: Commentary (Winner) — Murray Kempton
1984: Local General or Spot News Reporting (Winner)
1984: International Reporting (Finalist) — Morris Thompson
1984: Criticism (Finalist) — Dan Cryer
1982: International Reporting (Finalist) — Bob Wyrick
1982: Criticism (Finalist) — Marvin Kitman
1980: Local Investigative Specialized Reporting (Finalist) — Carole
E. Agus, Andrew V. Fetherston Jr. and Frederick J. Tuccillo
1974: Public Service (Winner)
1974: Criticism (Winner) — Emily Genauer,
1970: Public Service (Winner)
1970: Editorial Cartooning (Winner) — Thomas F. Darcy
1954: Public Service (Winner)
In popular culture
In the 1985 comedy/thriller Compromising Positions, the lead
character, played by Susan Sarandon, is a former
who is trying reestablish her career by selling a freelance story to
On the 1996–2005
CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, the fictional
Ray Barone (played by Ray Romano) is employed by
The lead female character in the
Crocodile Dundee films works at
The episode "The Homer They Fall" in season eight of The Simpsons
Newsday in referencing boxing as "the cruelest sport".
Naked Came the Stranger is a 1969 novel written as a literary hoax
poking fun at contemporary American culture. Though credited to
"Penelope Ashe", it was in fact written by a group of twenty-four
journalists led by
Newsday columnist Mike McGrady. McGrady's intention
was to write a deliberately terrible book with a lot of sex, to
illustrate the point that popular American literary culture had become
mindlessly vulgar. The book fulfilled the authors' expectations and
became a bestseller in 1969; they revealed the hoax later that year,
further spurring the book's popularity.
^ a b "
Cablevision Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission February 26, 2014". Securities and Exchange Commission.
February 26, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
^ a b c Arango, Tim; Pérez-Peña, Richard (March 21, 2008). "3 Moguls
in Talks to Buy Newsday". The New York Times.
^ Arlen, A., Arlen, M.J. The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and
Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist,
Publisher (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2016)
^ a b "The Press: How Much Independence?". Time. April 27, 1970.
Retrieved February 15, 2010.
^ Keeler, Robert F. (1990). Newsday: a candid history of the
respectable tabloid. Morrow. pp. 460–61.
Newsday Goes For Nixon, But Moyers Balks". Chicago Tribune. October
17, 1968. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
^ "Moyers Resigns Post at Newsday". New York Times. May 13, 1970.
Retrieved February 15, 2010.
^ Raymont, Henry (March 13, 1970). "
Newsday Employes [sic] Seek to
Block Sale of the Paper". New York Times. Retrieved February 15,
^ "$12 Million Left to Charity by Guggenheim". Chicago Tribune.
January 30, 1971. access-date= requires url= (help)
Newsday (April 23, 2008): "Murdoch tells LI officials deal for
Newsday close", by Ellen Yan and James T. Madadore
^ Reuters (April 16, 2008): "Zuckerman submits $580 million Newsday
bid: source", by Robert Macmillan and Kenneth Lee
^ Reuters (May 2, 2008): "
Cablevision submits $650 mln bid for
Newsday: source" by Jui Chakravorty Das
^ Reuters (May 11, 2008)
Cablevision announces deal to buy Newsday, Newsday, May 12, 2008
Newsday Buy from Tribune, Broadcasting and
Cable, July 29, 2008
^ Kostov, Nick. "Altice to Buy
Cablevision for $10 Billion," Wall
Street Journal (Sept. 17, 2015).
^ Madore, James T. "Gordon McLeod Steps Down as Publisher of Newsday
Newsday (June 29, 2016).
^ Madore, James T. "Patrick Dolan Becomes Majority Owner of Newsday
Newsday (July 7, 2016).
^ Smith, Gerry. "Patrick Dolan Acquires Majority Stake in
Altice," Bloomberg (July 7, 2016).
^ Stevens, John D., Sensationalism and the New York Press (New York:
Columbia University Press, 1991) ISBN 0-231-07396-8
^ Hamill, Pete, News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth
Century (New York: Ballantine Books, 1998) ISBN 0-345-42528-6
Long Island Press, "Game Over: How the Paper's Monopoly Control Has
Warped its Coverage and Hurt Long Island", by Christopher Twarowski,
December 30, 2004: "Numerous politicians in both counties, county
workers, directors of community groups and other sources claim that
'Newsday' uses its position as Long Island's only daily paper to
strong-arm county officials, nonprofit directors, local leaders and
rival publications and even to influence pieces of legislation —
often through fear, intimidation and other anti-competitive practices
— to further its political or commercial agenda".
^ The Museum of Broadcast Communications: Moyer biography
^ "A Decade Later, Still at Crossroads", by Tom Morris,
^ "L.I. Planners Need Cooperation, Not Competition" (editorial),
Newsday (Dec. 13, 1988)
^ "Back to the Future",
Newsday (Feb. 4, 1991): by Greg Steinmetz
^ "Meet the new Newsday"
Newsday (March 21, 2011)
^ a b Audit Bureau of Circulation, "ABC Releases
November 16, 2004
^ Flamm, Matthew (October 22, 2009). "
Newsday to begin charging for
online articles". Crain's New York. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
^ Koblin, John (January 26, 2010). "After Three Months, Only 35
Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site". The New York Observer.
Pulitzer Prize official site:
Newsday search results
New York portal
2001 interview with
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dennis Duggan
Leon Charney on the
Leon Charney Report
Optimum (formerly Cablevision)
Newsday Media Group (25% ownership)
am New York
Star Community Publishing
News 12 Networks
Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting (1985–2000)
Thomas Turcol (1985)
Edna Buchanan (1986)
Akron Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal (1987)
Alabama Journal/Lawrence Eagle-Tribune (1988)
Louisville Courier-Journal (1989)
San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News (1990)
Miami Herald (1991)
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times (1993)
New York Times (1994)
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times (1995)
Robert D. McFadden (1996)
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times (1998)
Hartford Courant (1999)
Denver Post (2000)
* From 1985 to 1990:
Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting; From
1991 to 1997:
Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting; From 1998 to
Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (1951–1975)
Miami Herald and
Brooklyn Eagle (1951)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1952)
Columbus Ledger and Sunday
Chicago Daily News
Chicago Daily News (1957)
Arkansas Gazette (1958)
Utica Observer-Dispatch and Utica Daily Press (1959)
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times (1960)
Amarillo Globe-Times (1961)
Panama City News-Herald (1962)
Chicago Daily News
Chicago Daily News (1963)
St. Petersburg Times (1964)
Hutchinson News (1965)
Boston Globe (1966)
Milwaukee Journal (1967)
Riverside Press-Enterprise (1968)
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times (1969)
Winston-Salem Journal (1971)
The New York Times
The New York Times (1972)
Washington Post (1973)
Boston Globe (1975)