The Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas Morning News
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The Dallas Morning News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) A. H. Belo Corporation
Publisher James M. Moroney III
Editor Mike Wilson
Founded October 1, 1885
Headquarters 508 Young Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
United States
Circulation 271,900 daily
354,100 Sunday[1]
ISSN 1553-846X

The Dallas Morning News is a daily newspaper serving the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas, with an average of 271,900 daily subscribers. It was founded on October 1, 1885, by Alfred Horatio Belo as a satellite publication of the Galveston Daily News, of Galveston, Texas.[2][3][4]

Today it has one of the 20 largest paid circulations in the United States.[5] Throughout the 1990s and as recently as 2010, the paper has won nine Pulitzer Prizes for reporting and photography, George Polk Awards for education reporting and regional reporting, and an Overseas Press Club award for photography. The company has its headquarters in Downtown Dallas.[6]


The Dallas Morning News distribution center in Plano, TX.

The Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885 as a spin-off of the Galveston Daily News by Alfred Horatio Belo. In 1926, the Belo family sold a majority interest in the paper to its longtime publisher, George Dealey.

In late 1991, The Dallas Morning News became the lone major newspaper in the Dallas market when the Dallas Times Herald was closed after several years of circulation wars between the two papers, especially over the then-burgeoning classified advertising market. In July 1986, the Times Herald was purchased by William Dean Singleton, owner of MediaNews Group. After 18 months of efforts to turn the paper around, Singleton sold it to an associate. On 8 December 1991, Belo bought the Times Herald for $55 million, closing the paper the next day.

It was not the first time the Belo family had bought (and closed) a paper named The Herald in Dallas.

[In]…1879 Alfred H. Belo was investigating the possibility of establishing a sister paper in rapidly developing North Texas. When Belo’s efforts to purchase the Herald [an extant paper in Dallas] failed, he sent George Bannerman Dealey to launch a new paper, the Morning News, which began publication on October 1, 1885. From the outset the Morning News enjoyed the double advantage of strong financial support and an accumulation of journalistic experience, and within a month and a half had absorbed its older rival.[7][8]

Historically, the Morning News has tilted conservative, mirroring Texas′ drift to the Republican Party.[9] However, on September 7, 2016 it endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, the first time it had endorsed a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.[10] This came a day after it ran a scathing editorial declaring Republican candidate Donald Trump “not qualified to serve as president.” It was the first time that the paper had refused to endorse a Republican since 1964.[11]


Pulitzer Prizes

  • 1986: National Reporting
  • 1989: Explanatory Journalism
  • 1991: Feature Photography
  • 1992: Investigative Reporting
  • 1993: Spot News Photography
  • 1994: International Reporting
  • 2004: Breaking News Photography
  • 2006: Breaking News Photography
  • 2010: Editorial Writing

George Polk Awards

  • 1990:[12]Gayle Reaves, David Hanners, and David McLemore for regional reporting
  • 1994:[13] Olive Talley for education reporting

Overseas Press Club Awards

  • 2001:[14] Cheryl Diaz Meyer for photographic reporting from abroad


  1. ^“Dallas Morning News Media Kit”. Dallas Morning News.
  2. ^Galveston Daily News: Daily News Firsts
  4. ^Galveston Daily News: History of the Daily News
  5. ^“2012 Top Media Outlets 2013; Newspapers”(PDF). BurrellesLuce. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  6. ^“Contact Us.” The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved on November 21, 2009.
  8. ^“Dallas Morning News buys out rival paper”, Texas Day by Day, 3 Dec 1885
  9. ^“After stormy but successful Democratic convention, it’s Hillary’s party now”. The Dallas Morning News. 2016-07-29.
  10. ^“We recommend Hillary Clinton for president”. The Dallas Morning News. 2016-09-07.
  11. ^“Donald Trump is no Republican”. The Dallas Morning News. 2016-09-06.
  12. ^“LIU Brooklyn”.
  13. ^“LIU Brooklyn”.
  14. ^

Further reading

  • Gelsanliter, David (1995). Fresh Ink: Behind the Scenes of a Major Metropolitan Newspaper. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press. ISBN 092939884X.
  • Reed, Roy (September 1998). “State of The American Newspaper: Giant”. American Journalism Review. College Park: University of Maryland Foundation.

External links

  • Official website
  • Dallas Morning News from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Dallas Morning News Building Photos

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