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This article is about Long Island newspaper. Newsday_sentence_0

For offshoot New York daily (1985-1995), see New York Newsday. Newsday_sentence_1

For other uses, see Newsday (disambiguation). Newsday_sentence_2


TypeNewsday_header_cell_0_0_0 Daily newspaperNewsday_cell_0_0_1
FormatNewsday_header_cell_0_1_0 TabloidNewsday_cell_0_1_1
Owner(s)Newsday_header_cell_0_2_0 Newsday Media

(Patrick Dolan)Newsday_cell_0_2_1

PublisherNewsday_header_cell_0_3_0 Debby KrenekNewsday_cell_0_3_1
EditorNewsday_header_cell_0_4_0 Debbie HenleyNewsday_cell_0_4_1
FoundedNewsday_header_cell_0_5_0 September 3, 1940; 80 years ago (1940-09-03)Newsday_cell_0_5_1
HeadquartersNewsday_header_cell_0_6_0 6 Corporate Center Drive

Melville, New York, U.S. 11747Newsday_cell_0_6_1

CirculationNewsday_header_cell_0_7_0 437,000 Daily

495,000 SundayNewsday_cell_0_7_1

ISSNNewsday_header_cell_0_8_0 Newsday_cell_0_8_1
OCLC numberNewsday_header_cell_0_9_0 Newsday_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteNewsday_header_cell_0_10_0 Newsday_cell_0_10_1

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 also sold throughout the New York metropolitan area. Newsday_sentence_3

The slogan of the newspaper is "Newsday, Your Eye on LI"; formerly it was "Newsday, the Long Island Newspaper". Newsday_sentence_4

As of 2009, its weekday circulation of 377,500 was the 11th-highest in the United States, and the highest among suburban newspapers. Newsday_sentence_5

By January 2014, Newsday's total average circulation was 437,000 on weekdays, 434,000 on Saturdays and 495,000 on Sundays. Newsday_sentence_6

The newspaper's headquarters is in Melville, New York, in Suffolk County. Newsday_sentence_7

History Newsday_section_0

Founded by Alicia Patterson and her husband, Harry Guggenheim, the publication was first produced on September 3, 1940 from Hempstead. Newsday_sentence_8

For many years until a major redesign in the 1970s, Newsday copied the Daily News format of short stories and numerous pictures. Newsday_sentence_9

(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.) Newsday_sentence_10

After Patterson's death in 1963, Guggenheim became publisher and editor. Newsday_sentence_11

In 1967, Guggenheim turned over the publisher position to Bill Moyers and continued as president and editor-in-chief. Newsday_sentence_12

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. Newsday_sentence_13

The two split over the 1968 presidential election, with Guggenheim signing an editorial supporting Richard Nixon, when Moyers supported Hubert Humphrey. Newsday_sentence_14

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. Newsday_sentence_15

Guggenheim, who died a year later, disinherited Moyers from his will. Newsday_sentence_16

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. Newsday_sentence_17

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. Newsday_sentence_18

With the Times Mirror-Tribune merger, the newspaper founded by Alicia Patterson was now owned by the company that was founded by her great-grandfather, Joseph Medill — which owns the Chicago Tribune and, until 1991, also owned her father's Daily News. Newsday_sentence_19

(Tribune sold the Daily News to British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. Newsday_sentence_20

After Maxwell's death in 1992, his publishing empire collapsed and Mortimer Zuckerman purchased the Daily News.) Newsday_sentence_21

Chicago, Illinois, real estate magnate Samuel Zell purchased Tribune in 2007. Newsday_sentence_22

News Corporation, headed by CEO Rupert Murdoch, attempted to purchase Newsday for US$580 million in April 2008. Newsday_sentence_23

This was soon followed by a matching bid from Zuckerman and a $680 million bid from Cablevision. Newsday_sentence_24

In May 2008, News Corporation withdrew its bid, and on May 12, 2008, Newsday reported that Cablevision would purchase the paper for $650 million. Newsday_sentence_25

The sale was completed July 29, 2008. Newsday_sentence_26

Altice, a Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company, bought Cablevision, including Newsday and News 12 in 2016. Newsday_sentence_27

However, Altice then sold a majority (75%) stake in Newsday back to Cablevision's former owner Charles Dolan and his son Patrick, making Patrick the CEO of Newsday. Newsday_sentence_28

Altice disposed of its remaining stake in Newsday at the end of July 2018, which, combined with Charles Dolan's transfer of shares to son Patrick, makes Patrick the sole owner of Newsday. Newsday_sentence_29

Editorial style Newsday_section_1

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. Newsday_sentence_30

This causes Newsday to sometimes be referred to as "the respectable tabloid". Newsday_sentence_31

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 Counties. Newsday_sentence_32

Bill Moyers briefly served as publisher. Newsday_sentence_33

During the tenure of publisher Robert M. Johnson in the 1980s, Newsday made a major push into New York City. Newsday_sentence_34

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. Newsday_sentence_35

The paper featured both advice columnists Ann Landers and Dear Abby for several years. Newsday_sentence_36

From 1985 to 2005, Michael Mandelbaum wrote a regular foreign affairs analysis column for Newsday. Newsday_sentence_37

Noted writer and biographer Robert Caro was an investigative reporter. Newsday_sentence_38

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_sentence_39

Newsday carries the syndicated columnist Froma Harrop. Newsday_sentence_40

Pulitzer Prize winner Walt Handelsman's editorial political cartoons animation are a nationally syndicated feature of Newsday. Newsday_sentence_41

In the 1980s, a new design director, Robert Eisner, guided the transition into digital design and color printing. Newsday_sentence_42

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. Newsday_sentence_43

It lasted approximately a decade. Newsday_sentence_44

On March 21, 2011, Newsday redesigned its front page, scrapping the nameplate and font used since the 1960s in favor of a sans-serif wordmark. Newsday_sentence_45

Circulation Newsday_section_2

In 2008, Newsday was ranked 10th in terms of newspaper circulation in the United States. Newsday_sentence_46

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. Newsday_sentence_47

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. Newsday_sentence_48

On October 28, 2009, Newsday changed its web site to a paid-subscriber only model. Newsday_sentence_49 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. Newsday_sentence_50

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. Newsday_sentence_51

Through its first three months only 35 non-Optimum, non-Newsday subscribers signed up for the paid web site. Newsday_sentence_52

Pulitzer Prize Newsday_section_3

Newsday has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist for 20 additional: If no individual is listed, award is for Newsday staff. Newsday_sentence_53


  • 1954: Public Service (Winner)Newsday_item_0_0
  • 1970: Public Service (Winner)Newsday_item_0_1
  • 1970: Editorial Cartooning (Winner) — Thomas F. DarcyNewsday_item_0_2
  • 1974: Public Service (Winner)Newsday_item_0_3
  • 1974: Criticism (Winner) — Emily Genauer, Newsday SyndicateNewsday_item_0_4
  • 1980: Local Investigative Specialized Reporting (Finalist) — Carole E. Agus, Andrew V. Fetherston Jr. and Frederick J. TuccilloNewsday_item_0_5
  • 1982: International Reporting (Finalist) — Bob WyrickNewsday_item_0_6
  • 1982: Criticism (Finalist) — Marvin KitmanNewsday_item_0_7
  • 1984: Local General or Spot News Reporting (Winner)Newsday_item_0_8
  • 1984: International Reporting (Finalist) — Morris ThompsonNewsday_item_0_9
  • 1984: Criticism (Finalist) — Dan CryerNewsday_item_0_10
  • 1985: International Reporting (Winner) — Josh Friedman, Dennis Bell, and Ozier MuhammadNewsday_item_0_11
  • 1985: Commentary (Winner) — Murray KemptonNewsday_item_0_12
  • 1986: Feature Writing (Finalist) — Irene ViragNewsday_item_0_13
  • 1989: Investigative Reporting (Finalist) — Penny LoebNewsday_item_0_14
  • 1990: Specialized Reporting (Finalist) – Jim DwyerNewsday_item_0_15
  • 1991: Spot News Reporting (Finalist)Newsday_item_0_16
  • 1991: Spot News Photography (Finalist)Newsday_item_0_17
  • 1992: Spot News Reporting (Winner)Newsday_item_0_18
  • 1992: International Reporting (Winner) — Patrick J. SloyanNewsday_item_0_19
  • 1993: International Reporting (Winner) — Roy GutmanNewsday_item_0_20
  • 1994: Explanatory Journalism (Finalist)Newsday_item_0_21
  • 1995: Investigative Reporting (Winner) — Brian Donovan and Stephanie SaulNewsday_item_0_22
  • 1995: Commentary (Winner) — Jim DwyerNewsday_item_0_23
  • 1996: Explanatory Journalism (Winner) — Laurie GarrettNewsday_item_0_24
  • 1996: Beat Reporting (Winner) — Bob KeelerNewsday_item_0_25
  • 1996: International Reporting (Finalist) — Laurie GarrettNewsday_item_0_26
  • 1997: Spot News Reporting (Winner)Newsday_item_0_27
  • 1998: Beat Reporting (Finalist) — Laurie GarrettNewsday_item_0_28
  • 1999: Criticism (Finalist) — Justin DavidsonNewsday_item_0_29
  • 1999: Editorial Writing (Finalist) — Lawrence C. LevyNewsday_item_0_30
  • 2002: Criticism (Winner) — Justin DavidsonNewsday_item_0_31
  • 2004: Breaking News Reporting (Finalist)Newsday_item_0_32
  • 2005: International Reporting (Winner) — Dele OlojedeNewsday_item_0_33
  • 2005: Explanatory Reporting (Finalist)Newsday_item_0_34
  • 2007: Editorial Cartooning (Winner) — Walt HandelsmanNewsday_item_0_35
  • 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 Karla SchusterNewsday_item_0_36
  • 2013: Editorial Writing (Finalist) — Editorial Board staffNewsday_item_0_37
  • 2014: Public Service (Finalist)Newsday_item_0_38

In popular culture Newsday_section_4


  • In the 1985 comedy/thriller Compromising Positions, the lead character, played by Susan Sarandon, is a former Newsday journalist who is trying reestablish her career by selling a freelance story to the publication.Newsday_item_1_39
  • On the 1996–2005 CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, the fictional character Ray Barone (played by Ray Romano) is employed by Newsday as a sportswriter.Newsday_item_1_40
  • The lead female character in the Crocodile Dundee films works at Newsday.Newsday_item_1_41
  • The episode "The Homer They Fall" in season eight of The Simpsons quotes Newsday calling boxing "the cruelest sport".Newsday_item_1_42
  • Naked Came the Stranger is a 1969 novel written as a literary hoax poking fun at contemporary American culture. Although 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.Newsday_item_1_43
  • Former editor Howard Schneider appears in the documentary Three Identical Strangers to discuss Newsday's coverage of three young men who discovered they were separated as infants.Newsday_item_1_44

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