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St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pioneer Press
The July 27, 2005 front page
of the Pioneer Press
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) MediaNews Group
Editor Mike Burbach
Founded 1849
Headquarters 345 Cedar Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
23x15px United States
Circulation 208,280 Daily
284,507 Sunday
(March 2013)[1]
ISSN 0892-1083

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is a newspaper based in St. Paul, Minnesota, primarily serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Circulation is heaviest in the eastern metro region, including Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties, along with western Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and Anoka County, Minnesota. The paper's main rival is the Star Tribune, based in neighboring Minneapolis. The Pioneer Press has been owned by MediaNews Group since April 2006.


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A St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press front page dated August 12, 1945 featuring the first publication of the mushroom cloud during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

The Pioneer Press traces its history to both the Minnesota Pioneer, Minnesota's first daily newspaper (founded in 1849 by James M. Goodhue), and the Saint Paul Dispatch (launched in 1868). Ridder Publications acquired the Pioneer and the Dispatch in 1927. Ridder merged with Knight Publications to form Knight Ridder in 1974. The two papers were operated for many years as separate morning and evening papers, but in 1985 were merged into the all-day publication the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch, which made the transition to a morning-only paper in 1990, when the words "and Dispatch" were dropped. The paper is sometimes called the "Pi Press", just as "Strib" is used for the Star Tribune.

From 1947 to 1949, the newspaper printed the comic strip Li'l Folks, by St. Paul native Charles M. Schulz. This comic introduced a number of characters who would later return in 1950 in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, including Charlie Brown and a dog strongly resembling Snoopy.

In 1952, the Dispatch began sponsoring a treasure hunt as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Clues to finding a medallion are printed in the paper, and the first person to find and return it with the clues and a registered carnival button wins a sum of money. The prize started off at $1,000 and as of 2004 rose to $10,000.

The paper has won three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1986, 1988, and 2000.

On March 10, 1999, the day before the University of Minnesota men's basketball team was to begin play in the NCAA Tournament, the Pioneer Press published a story written by George Dohrmann with allegations that a staffer wrote coursework for many Minnesota basketball players within the past five years.[2] Immediately, Minnesota suspended four players suspected of academic fraud, and in 2000, the NCAA vacated all postseason appearances by Minnesota from 1994 to 1998 and docked scholarships for four years, among other penalties.[3] Dohrmann would win a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2000 for his reports on the scandal.[4] Dohrmann and his editor prepared for hostile reactions to the newspaper from the local community.[5] Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura accused the Pioneer Press of timing the article to be published around NCAA Tournament time for the sake of "sensationalism journalism," and the Pioneer Press got many hostile calls and letters in response to the story.[6]

The McClatchy Company acquired the paper in June 2006 when it bought Knight Ridder. As owner of the Star Tribune, McClatchy had to sell the Pioneer Press because of antitrust concerns.[7] The Pioneer Press was subsequently sold by McClatchy to MediaNews Group later in the year.

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  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dohrmann, George (March 10, 1999). "U basketball program accused of academic fraud". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Archived from the original on December 30, 2001. Retrieved May 13, 2007. 
  3. ^ Drape, Joe (October 25, 2000). "COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Minnesota Penalized by N.C.A.A.". New York Times. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winners, Beat Reporting Citation". Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ Overholser, Geneva (2003). "Minnesota's basketball cheating scandal". Project for Excellence in Journalism. Archived from the original on January 24, 2003. 
  6. ^ Robertson, Lori (May 1999). "Body slam". American Journalism Review. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

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