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The Tucson Citizen was a daily newspaper in Tucson, Arizonamarker. It was founded by Richard C. McCormick with John Wasson as publisher and editor on October 15, 1870 as the Arizona Citizen.

When it ceased printing on May 16, 2009, the daily circulation was approximately 17,000, down from a high of 60,000 in the 1960s. The Citizen published six days per week (except Sunday, when only the Arizona Daily Star is published as part of the two papers' joint operating agreement).

The Tucson Citizen was the oldest continuously published newspaper in Arizonamarker at the time it ceased publication.

In January 2009, Gannett, the owners of the paper since the mid-1970s, announced that it would permanently close the Citizen by March 21 if a buyer were not found, but on March 17, 2009, Gannett announced the paper would remain open past the March 21 closing because they were in negotiations with two potential buyers. However, those negotiations did not bear fruit, and on May 15, 2009 it was announced that the final print edition would appear the following day, and that the Citizen would thereafter be an internet publication focused on opinion only. The last print edition was delivered on May 16, 2009.


Founder Richard C. McCormick had originally been the owner of the Arizonan. However when the editor of the Arizonan refused to support the Richard C. McCormick's re-election as congressional delegate for the territory of Arizona, McCormick took the press and started the Arizona Citizen with Wasson. During the mid-1880s, the newspaper was known as the Tucson Weekly Citizen. Allen B. Jaynes was owner, manager and editor of the Tucson Citizen between 1901 and 1920. He was very involved in the statehood of Arizona and is in the Arizona Newspaper Hall of Fame. William A. Small, his wife, and William H. Johnson invested in the newspaper in the late 1930s. Johnson sold his share to Small in 1964, and Small turned control over to his son, William A. Small Jr. in 1966 when he retired.

In 1976, the Citizen was sold to Gannett Company, Inc., the current owner.

Editor and Publisher Michael Chihak retired from the Citizen and Gannett on July 3, 2008. Senior Editor Jennifer Boice and Editorial Editor Mark Kimble co-filled the position in the interim, until the end of publication.


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