Reading Eagle

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Reading Eagle
Reading Eagle front page.jpg
The July 27, 2005 front page of the
Reading Eagle
Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Reading Eagle Company
Publisher William S. Flippin
Founded 1868
Headquarters 345 Penn St.
Reading, PA 19603-0582
United States

The Reading Eagle is the major daily newspaper in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the United States. This family-owned newspaper has a daily circulation of 49,375 and a Sunday circulation of 70,832.[1] It serves the Reading and Berks County region of Pennsylvania.


The paper was founded on January 28, 1868.[2] It was initially an afternoon paper, published Monday through Saturday with a Sunday morning edition beginning publication some time later.

In 1940, the Eagle acquired the Reading Times, which was a morning paper, but they remained separate papers.[3][4][5] The staff of the two papers was combined in 1982.[6] In June 2002, the Reading Times ceased publishing, and the Eagle became a morning paper.[6][7]

Author John Updike worked at the Eagle as a copyboy in his youth for several summer internships in the early 1950s, and wrote several feature articles.[8][9]

In 2009, the newspaper switched to a Berliner format and laid off 52 employees in late April of that year.[10][11]

On May 23, 2018, the newspaper cut 16 percent of its newsroom staff.[12] Less than a year later, the company announced it was filing for bankruptcy protection on March 20, 2019.[13]

Sunday edition

For many years, the Sunday Reading Eagle featured a banner on its Sunday comics section saying "Biggest Comics Section in the Land",[14]. It carried half pages of Prince Valiant, Hägar the Horrible, and Tarzan, as well as smaller versions of Dick Tracy, The Phantom, and a large number of popular humor strips. On July 8, 2018, however, if followed the path of most dwindling American newspapers, and reduced the size of its comics section and of the strips it carries.


  1. ^ Source: ABC audit, date: September 2011
  2. ^ "Newspaper 'Morgue' Vital Need to Editorial Department". Reading Eagle. November 15, 1938. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Eagle Buys Reading Times". The New York Times. January 26, 1940. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "Reading Eagle Co. to Install New $2.25 Million Color Press". Reading Eagle. December 21, 1969. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  5. ^ George M. Meiser IX (July 20, 1983). "Newspaper History in Reading had its start in 1789". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "A Short History of Reading Eagle Company". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Associated Press (June 28, 2002). "Reading (Pa.) Eagle Joins with Times". AP Online. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  8. ^ Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (January 28, 2009). "John Updike, a Lyrical Writer of the Middle-Class Man, Dies at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  9. ^ Bruce R. Posten (January 29, 2009). "Before the fame, literary giant John Updike was just a newspaper copy boy". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  10. ^ Strupp, Joe (May 5, 2009). "'Reading Eagle' Layoffs Offer No Severance". Editor & Publisher. Archived from the original on May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  11. ^ "Reading Eagle reduces work force". Reading Eagle. May 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  12. ^ "Reading Eagle reduces editorial workforce". Reading Eagle. May 23, 2018. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  13. ^ "Reading Eagle Company files for bankruptcy protection". Reading Eagle. March 20, 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  14. ^ "Comics section". Reading Eagle. July 9, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2010.

External links

  • Reading Eagle
  • Google News archives 1868-2008

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