Akron Beacon Journal

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Akron Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal front page.jpg
The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
Publisher Bill Albrecht
Editor Bruce Winges
Founded 1839; 179 years ago (1839) (as the Summit Beacon)
Headquarters 44 East Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
Circulation 60,000 weekdays
72,000 Saturdays
85,000 Sundays in 2017[1]
Website ohio.com

The Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States, published by Black Press. It is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper places a strong emphasis on local news and business. Industries historically tied to the area are also well-covered, such as rubber and tire production.


The paper was founded when the Summit Beacon and Akron Evening Journal merged in 1897. The Summit Beacon had been published since 1839 and the Akron Evening Journal had since 1897. In 1903 the Beacon Journal was purchased by Charles Landon Knight. His son John S. Knight inherited the paper, in 1933, on Charles' death. The Beacon Journal under Knight was the original and flagship newspaper of Knight Newspaper Company, later called Knight Ridder.

The McClatchy Company bought Knight Ridder in June 2006 with intentions of selling 12 Knight Ridder newspapers. On August 2, 2006, McClatchy sold the Beacon Journal to Black Press. By 2018 GateHouse Media owned the newspaper.

On November 11, 2013, the Akron Beacon Journal printed its last paper in-house in favor of printing at The Repository in Canton, Ohio. The edition for November 12, 2013 was the first Akron Beacon Journal printed at The Repository.


Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for the Beacon Journal, was named the 2018 winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award.[2][3]


  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/12/12/sheldon-ocker-wins-hall-of-fames-spink-award/108533076/
  3. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/21747632/sheldon-ocker-wins-hall-fame-jg-taylor-spink-award

External links

  • Official website
  • McClatchy to Sell the Akron Beacon Journal to Black Press Ltd. (news release)
  • Knight Ridder sale wins approval
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