The Daily News

Founded in 1919, Daily News was the first tabloid newspaper to be printed daily and was the largest in the country by the mid-20th century. Although the paper was frequently at odds with its rival, the New York Post, it remained one of the nation’s top-selling newspapers even after losing ground in the early 21st century to online and mobile news sources.

The Daily News is a boldly provocative news source that is known for its fearless journalism. Its commitment to the public interest has led it to be an important advocate for the rights of New York City’s most vulnerable citizens and an uncompromising watchdog over local government. It also has a long tradition of supporting the arts and championing local musicians and performers.

The paper’s brassy, pictorial style helped it gain an edge over its competitors in the Roaring Twenties and beyond. By the 1940s, Daily News was the nation’s leading newspaper and had reached its peak circulation, with a daily readership of more than a million.

As the decade of the 1980s rolled around, the newspaper faced severe financial difficulties. Over the years, Daily News had yielded to union demands regarding rules, job numbers and overtime pay, and by the end of the decade, it was operating at a loss of $1 million per month. Closing the paper altogether was considered, but was ultimately deemed too costly due to severance pay and pensions that would have had to be paid to employees.

In the late 1990s, Daily News under its copublisher Pete Hamill and then editor-in-chief Debby Krenek gained a reputation for being fiercely protective of the First Amendment and the rights of New Yorkers, particularly those who felt their voices were not heard by other media outlets. It also established itself as a leading voice on immigration and cultural issues, winning Pulitzer Prizes for E.R. Shipp’s writing on race and social problems, and Mike McAlary’s coverage of the police beating of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

Today, Daily News continues to deliver award-winning national and local news, New York exclusives, politics and the latest in sports and celebrity gossip. Its editors and columnists are renowned for their passion, creativity and insight. With a digital edition, readers can quickly and easily scroll through the newspaper pages, download articles for offline reading and share stories with friends through email. Its newsroom and editorial teams are located in New York City. The Daily News is owned by Tronc, a Chicago-based media company.