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The Daily Press is a morning newspaper located in Newport Newsmarker, Virginiamarker, that covers southeastern Virginia. 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.

The print edition of the newspaper focuses primarily on the cities and counties on and around the Virginia Peninsulamarker: Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Isle of Wight County, Gloucester County, Smithfield and Poquoson. Through its Web site at, the paper also publishes some news, sports and features from across the water in South Hampton Roads, which includes Virginia Beachmarker, Norfolkmarker, Chesapeakemarker, Suffolk and Portsmouth.

Its website,, 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 County.

The Daily Press published its first edition on January 4, 1896, less than two weeks before the General Assemblymarker declared Newport News a city. Charles E. 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 found.”

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 (2006-present).

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. Bush 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 photography.

Weekday sections

  • 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 players.
  • 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 media.
  • 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.


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