Daily News is a New York City newspaper founded in 1919. The paper has won Pulitzer Prizes for commentary, feature writing and international reporting, among others. In its 20th-century heyday, it was known as a brawny metro tabloid that thrived when it dug into crime and corruption. It served as a model for the Daily Planet, the newspaper of Superman’s home city. It also won acclaim as one of the best newspapers in America, with a wide and loyal readership.
The News’s longtime headquarters at 220 East 42nd Street near Second Avenue was designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, and is an official city and national landmark. It was the model for the Daily Planet building of the first two Superman films. A News subsidiary, WPIX-TV, still occupies the building.
During its heyday, the News had the largest circulation of any newspaper in the world. Today, it is one of the nation’s top newspapers, with a weekly average of 2.47 million copies sold. It has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1927 for uncovering police corruption. In addition to intense local news coverage and celebrity gossip, the paper includes classified ads, comics, sports and an opinion section.
The newsroom was crowded Wednesday morning with reporters still in their work clothes after the staff’s mandated pandemic leave. Several journalists have started campaigns calling for local benefactors to save their publications, which are owned by Tribune Publishing Co. The parent company’s hedge fund owner, Alden Global Capital, has been buying shares of the newspaper chain and has amassed three of the company’s seven board seats.
In a call with staffers Wednesday, Editor in Chief Robert York said the Daily News would continue “even without its iconic newsrooms,” and that he was hopeful the paper’s suburban offices — including those of The Carroll County Times in Westminster, Md., and The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. — will be saved, too.
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