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Akron Beacon Journal

Akron Beacon Journal
The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Black Press Ltd.
Publisher Mark Cohen
Editor Bruce Winges
Founded 1839 (as the Summit Beacon)
Headquarters 44 East Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
23x15px United States
Circulation 87,780 weekdays
107,834 Saturdays
125,227 Sundays in 2011[1]

The Akron Beacon Journal is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States, and published by Black Press Ltd.. It is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper places a strong emphasis on local news and business. Industries historically tied to the area are also well-covered, such as rubber and tire production.


The paper was founded when the Summit Beacon and Akron Evening Journal merged in 1897. The Summit Beacon had been published since 1839 and the Akron Evening Journal had since 1897. In 1903 the Beacon Journal was purchased by Charles Landon Knight. His son John S. Knight inherited the paper, in 1933, on Charles' death. The Beacon Journal under Knight was the original and flagship newspaper of Knight Newspaper Company, later called Knight Ridder.

Mark Cohen became publisher in the Fall of 2013 following interim publisher Mark Ficarra. Cohen replaced Andrea Mathewson, who replaced Ed Moss.

The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder in June 2006 with intentions of selling 12 Knight Ridder newspapers. On August 2, 2006, McClatchy sold the Beacon Journal to Black Press, a Canadian company that owns over 100 newspapers, mainly weekly publications in British Columbia and Washington. The Beacon Journal is Black's only Eastern U.S. property and is the largest newspaper in the chain, which also includes the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and The San Francisco Examiner.

On November 11, 2013, the Akron Beacon Journal printed its last paper in-house in favor of printing at The Repository in Canton, Ohio. The edition for November 12, 2013 was the first Akron Beacon Journal printed at The Repository.

Former editors

  • Mark F. Ethridge, Jr., 1973–1976; Editor and Vice President.


  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012.

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