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Akron Beacon Journal

Akron Beacon Journal
Akron Beacon Journal front page.jpg
The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
PublisherBill Albrecht
EditorBruce Winges
Founded1839; 180 years ago (1839) (as the Summit Beacon)
Headquarters44 East Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640
Circulation60,000 weekdays
72,000 Saturdays
85,000 Sundays in 2017[1]

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 with the 1897 merger of the Summit Beacon, first published in 1839, and the Akron Evening Journal, founded in 1896.[2] 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. In 2018, GateHouse Media bought the newspaper.

On November 11, 2013, the Akron Beacon Journal printed its last paper in-house. It thereafter used the presses at The Repository in Canton, Ohio, also owned by GateHouse.


Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for the Beacon Journal, received the 2018 J. G. Taylor Spink Award.[3][4]


  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "Timeline of Beacon Journal history". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
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