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''The Hill'' is an American newspaper and digital media company based in
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that was founded in 1994. In 2020, it was the largest independent political news site in the United States. Focusing on politics, policy, business and international relations, ''The Hill''s coverage includes the
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, the presidency and executive branch, and election campaigns. ''The Hill'' describes its output as "nonpartisan reporting on the inner workings of Government and the nexus of politics and business". The company's primary outlet is TheHill.com. ''The Hill'' is additionally distributed in print for free around Washington, D.C. and distributed to all congressional offices. It is owned by
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History


Founding and early years

The company was founded as a newspaper in 1994 by Democratic
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and New York businessman
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, and Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent for ''
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''. New York Representative Gary L. Ackerman was also a major shareholder. The name of the publication alludes to "
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and government generally. In 2012, James "Jimmy" A. Finkelstein assumed control of the organization.


Digital distribution and print circulation

''The Hill'' has grown to become the second most-viewed US political news website and the third-most U.S. news source. In 2016, ''
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'' reported that The Hill was "proceeding with ambitious expansion plans" to become a national brand publication, and its website traffic increased 126% over the prior year, and was above
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's traffic for the period. Following the
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, '' The Street'' reported that ''The Hill'' saw the largest increase in online political readership among political news sites, with an increase of 780%. CNN and Politico saw smaller increases over the period, making ''The Hill'' "the fastest-growing political news site". In 2017, ''The Hill'' was also cited by Twitter as one of the top 10 "most-tweeted" news sources. A 2017 study by the
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found that ''The Hill'' was the second most-shared source among supporters of
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on Twitter during the election, behind ''
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''. In 2019, ''The Hill'' was ranked second among all US news sites for political readership, second to CNN, and ahead of Capitol Hill competitors such as Politico. In 2020, it was again ranked second for online politics readership across all news sites, behind only CNN. It remained ahead of Politico,
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, NBCNews.com and MSNBC TV. As of 2020, the newspaper claims to have more than 22,000 print readers. ''The Hill'' is distributed for free in newspaper boxes around the , and mailed directly to all congressional offices. As of 2020, ''The Hill''s YouTube channel had 1,100,000 subscribers, ahead of Politico, Axios, and Bloomberg Politics. In October 2020, ''The Hill''s YouTube channel averaged over 1.5 million daily video views and more than 10 million per week; in September 2020 it received over 340 million video views. In 2021, ''The Hill'' was acquired by
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for $130 million.


Features and editions


Hill TV

In June 2018, ''The Hill'' launched Hill.TV, a digital news channel. The channel features ''
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'', a daily morning news program first hosted by
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and Saagar Enjeti. In May 2021, Ball and Enjeti announced they were departing in order to release their own independent project, ''Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar''. Ryan Grim and Emily Jashinsky, both frequent guest hosts, filled in on the first show after Ball and Enjeti left.


Notable stories and awards

The National Press Club's annual Sandy Hume Memorial Award is named after staffer Sandy Hume, in recognition of his 1997 reporting in ''The Hill'' of an attempted Republican coup against then-speaker Newt Gingrich. In 2019, ''The Hill'' won the Society of Professional Journalists' First Prizes for Features ("Celebrities dive into midterms, hoping to thwart Trump") and Series ("How The Trump Tax Law Passed"). In 2020, ''The Hill'' won the Society of Professional Journalists' First Prize for Features, for the story "Inside the Secret World of the CIA's Social Media Team".


Staffing


Masthead

* Jason Jedlinski, General Manager * Richard Beckman, President * Bob Cusack, Editor-in-chief * Ian Swanson, Managing Editor * Rory McCafferty, Senior Vice President, Digital * Sheila Casey, Chief Operating Officer


Past

* James Carville * Ron Christie * Judd Gregg * David Keene * Josh Marshall * Dick Morris * A. B. Stoddard * Byron York * John_Solomon_(political_commentator), John Solomon * Michael Hayden (general), Gen. Michael Hayden (ret.) (former NSA and CIA director)


Controversies

In 2017, ''The Hill'' hired John Solomon (political commentator), John Solomon. Solomon inserted material from advertisers into journalistic copy, leading to protests from ''The Hill''s publisher. Solomon's role was changed to opinion contributor. In March 2018 he published a challenged conspiracy theory regarding Ukraine. In September 2019, Solomon left ''The Hill''. In January 2019, WarnerMedia's CNN claimed Finkelstein interfered in the editorial independence of the paper with respect to criticism of U.S. President
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References


External links

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