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_THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE_ is a daily newspaper published in the city of Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah
, with the largest weekday circulation but second largest Sunday circulation behind the _ Deseret News
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
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 _Tribune_.

The newspaper's motto, at the top of its masthead, is "Utah's Independent Voice Since 1871."

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 Further reading * 5 External links

HISTORY

A successor to _ Utah
Utah
Magazine_ (1868), the publication was founded in 1870 as the _Mormon Tribune_ by a group of businessmen led by former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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 its name was changed to the _Salt Lake Daily Tribune and Utah
Utah
Mining Gazette_, but soon after that, the name was shortened to _The Salt Lake Tribune_.

In 1873 three Kansas
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
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 blarophant, and pretended to be in daily 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
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
Deseret News
_, Salt Lake's daily newspaper owned by the LDS Church, in 1952. _ Marquee of The Salt Lake Tribune_ on the Tribune Building in Downtown Salt Lake City
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
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.
Tele-Communications Inc.
, a multimedia corporation, which was later acquired by AT">

After emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, MediaNews Group
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 2012, as it had in 2008, _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.

SEE ALSO

* _ Utah
Utah
portal * Journalism portal

* 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_

REFERENCES

* ^ "US Postal Service Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (form 3526)". _The Salt Lake Tribune_. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
. October 6, 2015. p. A6. * ^ Semerad, Tony (20 Apr 2016). "Huntsman family buying The Salt Lake Tribune, hopes to ensure \'independent voice for future generations\'". _ Salt Lake Tribune _. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
. Retrieved 20 Apr 2016. * ^ Leaders of the LDS Church had urged its members to eschew the _ Utah
Utah
Magazine_; its owners formed the _Mormon Tribune_ in retaliation. * ^ Bennion, Sherilyn Cox (1994), "Salt Lake Tribune", in Powell, Allan Kent, _ Utah
Utah
History Encyclopedia_, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah
Utah
Press , ISBN 0874804256 , OCLC 30473917 * ^ " Brigham Young
Brigham Young
As A Ruler" (PDF), _The Salt Lake Daily Tribune_, p. 2, August 30, 1877, retrieved 3 June 2014 * ^ 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
Utah
Paper from AT&T". _ The New York Times _. New York City . Retrieved 10 Dec 2012. * ^ Beebe, Paul (January 29, 2011). _The Salt Lake Tribune_. * ^ Mooney, Brian C. (19 October 2012). " Salt Lake Tribune endorses President Obama over Mitt Romney, who organized city\'s Olympics". _Boston.com_. Retrieved 30 October 2013. * ^ "Tribune endorsement: Too Many Mitts". _The Salt Lake Tribune_. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

* Malmquist, Orvin Nebeker (1971), _The First 100 Years, A History of the Salt Lake Tribune 1871-1971_, Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah
Utah
State Historical Society, OCLC 161035

FURTHER READING

* "2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF), _BurrellesLuce.com_, Burrelles _Luce_, 2007-03-31, retrieved 2013-02-13 * Bennion, Sherilyn Cox (1994), "The Salt Lake Tribune", in Powell, Allan Kent, _ Utah
Utah
History Encyclopedia_, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah
Utah
Press , p. 288, ISBN 0874804256 , OCLC 30473917

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