Daily Press is a morning newspaper located in Newport News, Virginia, that covers
It was established in 1896
and has been owned by the Tribune Company
since July 1986. The Daily
Press has a daily circulation of approximately 83,000 and a Sunday
circulation of about 108,000.
edition of the newspaper focuses primarily on the cities and
counties on and around the Virginia Peninsula: Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City
County, York County, Isle of Wight County, Gloucester County,
Smithfield and Poquoson. Through its Web site at dailypress.com, the
paper also publishes some news, sports and features from across the
water in South Hampton Roads, which includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Portsmouth.
Its website, www.dailypress.com, features more news-day updates
than any other in Virginia.
While the main office is located in Newport News, the paper also
has bureaus in Williamsburg, Gloucester and Isle of Wight
Press published its first edition on January 4, 1896, less than two
weeks before the General Assembly declared Newport News a city.
Thacker owned and edited the paper from a small printing shop in
the basement of the First National Bank, promising in his four-page
first edition to “espouse the right and oppose the wrong wherever
In 1910, Thacker sold the business to bankers Henry and George
Schmelz, who formed Daily Press Inc. Three years later, they bought
The Times-Herald, giving them control of both the morning and
afternoon newspapers in the area. The Times-Herald published its
final edition on August 30, 1991, leaving the Daily Press as the
only major newspaper based in Newport News.
Between 1913 and 1986, the papers were owned and managed by members
of the Van Buren and Bottom families. In 1986, the Tribune Company
bought the Daily Press and
named Joseph D. Cantrell president and publisher. Cantrell was
followed by Jack W. Davis Jr. (1994-1998), Kathleen Waltz
(1998-2000), Rondra Mathews (2000-2006) and Digby Solomon
Alumni of the newspaper include Tony Snow
who served as editorial page editor from 1982 to 1984 and went on
to become a nationally syndicated columnist and White House press
secretary under President George W.
from April 2006 until September
2007. Between 1988 and 2003, award-winning metro columnist Jim
Spencer was the paper’s most prominent voice, and David Teel is one
of the most respected sports columnists along the Eastern Seaboard.
The newspaper has had a reputation for outstanding
- The Front Page (A1), changed its focus in
February 2008. It is now primarily local stories produced by staff
reporters. Occasionally, national stories will run on A1.
- Life (B1), focuses on the media, TV schedule,
and comic strips. The back of the
section has full colored comics.
- Nation/World (C1, is a new section based on a
recent redesign. This section is a secondary front page, containing
the top national and global stories for the day. The Business
section is embedded in this section Tuesday through Saturday.
- Sports (D1, focused on sports and sports
- Classified (E1), focused on job applications
and for sale.
- Business (C section), runs inside Nation/World
section 5 days a week. It is a stand-alone section on Sundays. It
is focused on financial and business.
- Weekend Ticket (B1), replaces the Life section
on Fridays, topics are about new films, music, and other new
- Zoned Editions (Front page wrap-around),
4-page section on Fridays, sent to different localities within the
paper's coverage area. Editions include: Newport News, Hampton,
Williamsburg, Gloucester, Matthews, and Surry County.
- Taste (F1), food section on Wednesdays, with
recipes, restaurant reviews, and food product reviews.