The Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune is a daily newspaper published in the city of
Salt Lake City, Utah, with the largest weekday circulation but second
largest Sunday circulation behind the Deseret News. The Tribune, often
referred to as just "the Trib," is owned by Paul Huntsman and printed
through a joint operating agreement with the
Deseret News through the
Newspaper Agency Corporation. For almost 100 years it was a
family-owned newspaper held by the heirs of U.S. Senator Thomas
Kearns. After Kearns died in 1918 the company was controlled by his
widow, Jennie Judge Kearns, and son, Thomas F. Kearns. The newspaper's
longtime publisher was John F. Fitzpatrick, who started his career as
secretary to Senator Kearns in 1913.
On April 20, 2016, Huntsman Family Investments, a private equity firm
headed by Paul Huntsman, announced that they would be buying the
The newspaper's motto, at the top of its masthead, is "Utah's
Independent Voice Since 1871."
2 See also
4 Further reading
5 External links
A successor to
Utah Magazine (1868), as the Mormon Tribune by a
group of businessmen led by former members of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) William Godbe, Elias L.T.
Harrison and Edward W. Tullidge, who disagreed with the church's
economic and political positions. After a year, the publishers changed
the name to the Salt Lake Daily Tribune and
Utah Mining Gazette, but
soon after that, they shortened it to The Salt Lake Tribune.
In 1873 three
Kansas businessmen, Frederic Lockley, George F. Prescott
and A.M. Hamilton, purchased the company and turned it into an
anti-Mormon newspaper which consistently backed the local Liberal
Party. Sometimes vitriolic, the Tribune held particular antipathy for
LDS Church president Brigham Young. In the edition announcing Young's
death, the Tribune wrote,
He was illiterate and he has made frequent boast that he never saw the
inside of a school house. His habit of mind was singularly illogical
and his public addresses the greatest farrago of nonsense that ever
was put in print. He prided himself on being a great financer, and yet
all of his commercial speculations have been conspicuous failures. He
was hierophant, and pretended to be in daily [communion] with the
Almighty, and yet he was groveling in his ideas, and the system of
religion he formulated was well nigh Satanic. — The Salt Lake
Tribune, August 30, 1877
In 1901 newly elected United States Senator Thomas Kearns, a Roman
Catholic, and his business partner, David Keith, secretly bought the
Tribune. Kearns made strides to eliminate the paper's anti-Mormon
overtones, and succeeded in maintaining good relationships with the
mostly-LDS state legislature which had elected him to the Senate.
After Keith died in 1918 the Kearns family bought out Keith's share of
the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company.
In 1902 the company started up an evening edition, known as The Salt
Lake Telegram. The Telegram was, from the beginning, a money loser,
and was sold in 1914 and reacquired by the Tribune in 1930 only to be
sold to and merged into the Deseret News, Salt Lake's daily newspaper
owned by the LDS Church, in 1952.
The Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune on the Tribune Building in Downtown
Salt Lake City
John F. Fitzpatrick became publisher in 1924 and worked closely with
Tribune and Telegram president Thomas F. Kearns, Sr. until 1952 when
Kearns sold his controlling interest. In 1952 the Tribune entered into
a joint operating agreement with the
Deseret News and created the
Newspaper Agency Corporation. Fitzpatrick was the architect of NAC
and the Kearns–Tribune's investment into the cable business. In 1960
Fitzpatrick died of a heart attack. He had no appointed successor. An
emergency session of the Kearns–Tribune Corp. board selected John W.
Gallivan as the next publisher. He remained in that position until
1984 and chairman of the board until 1997.
The Kearns family owned a majority share of the newspaper until 1997
when they merged with Tele-Communications Inc., a multimedia
corporation, which was later acquired by AT&T Corporation. The
Tribune was subsequently sold to Denver, Colorado-based MediaNews
Group in 2000.
In 2002 the Tribune was mired in controversy after employees sold
information related to the
Elizabeth Smart kidnapping
Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case to The
National Enquirer. Tribune editor James "Jay" Shelledy resigned from
his job at the paper amidst the fallout of the scandal. Two staffers
also were removed from their positions as Tribune reporters.
In 2004 the paper decided to move from its historic location at the
downtown Tribune building, to The Gateway development. Many people,
including several Tribune employees, opposed the move, stating that it
would harm the economy of Salt Lake's downtown. The move was completed
in May 2005 and Tribune employees were told by Editor Nancy Conway,
"It is just a building."
After emerging from bankruptcy in 2010,
MediaNews Group lost control
of its ownership to a hedge fund, Alden Global Capital. "The remainder
of the Denver-based chain is owned by a consortium of lenders and by
Singleton himself." In 2010, Huntsman Family Investments, LLC, a
company controlled by Paul Huntsman, bought The Salt Lake Tribune.
Paul Huntsman is the son of industrialist
Jon Huntsman, Sr.
Jon Huntsman, Sr. who serves
as chairman of the holding company, and brother of former Utah
governor and ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, Jr..
In 2012, as it had in 2008,
The Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Barack
Obama for the presidency, despite opponent Mitt Romney's connections
with both Mormonism and Salt Lake City, having had a hand in
organizing their 2002 Olympic Games.
In a December 2017 editorial, the Tribune called for
Orrin Hatch to retire in 2018.
Harold Schindler – Historian, television screenwriter and editor for
The Salt Lake Tribune
Peggy Fletcher Stack – Religion reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune
Robert Kirby – Humor columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune
Florabel Muir - First female reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune
Frank Hewlett - Washington bureau chief
^ "US Postal Service Statement of Ownership, Management and
Circulation (form 3526)". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City.
October 6, 2015. p. A6.
^ Semerad, Tony (April 20, 2016). "Huntsman family buying The Salt
Lake Tribune, hopes to ensure 'independent voice for future
generations'". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
^ Leaders of the LDS Church had urged its members to eschew the Utah
Magazine; its owners formed the Mormon Tribune in 1870 in retaliation.
^ Bennion, Sherilyn Cox (1994), "Salt Lake Tribune", in Powell, Allan
Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of
Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917
Brigham Young As A Ruler". The Salt Lake Daily Tribune. August 30,
1877. p. 2. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
^ Malmquist,The First 100 Years, pp. 323–324.
^ Malmquist, The First 100 Years, p.?
^ Malmquist,The First 100 Years, pp. 373–376.
^ Barringer, Felicity (16 Dec 2000). "MediaNews Allowed to Buy Utah
Paper from AT&T". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10,
^ Beebe, Paul (January 29, 2011). The Salt Lake Tribune.
^ "Company Overview of Huntsman Family Investments, LLC". Bloomberg
L.P. New York City: -Bloomberg Inc. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
^ Mooney, Brian C. (October 19, 2012). "Salt Lake Tribune endorses
President Obama over Mitt Romney, who organized city's Olympics". The
Boston Globe. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
^ "Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts". The Salt Lake Tribune.
November 5, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
^ "Tribune Editorial: Why
Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year". Salt Lake
Tribune. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017. It would be
Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of
tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters
should end it for him.
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