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Amarillo Globe-News

Amarillo Globe-News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
Publisher Les Simpson
Founded 1909
(as The Amarillo Daily News)
Headquarters Amarillo, Texas
United States
Circulation 24,000 daily
30,133 Sunday[1]

Amarillo Globe-News is a newspaper in Amarillo, Texas, owned by GateHouse Media.


The current-day Globe-News is a combination of several newspapers published in Amarillo. One began on November 4, 1909, as a prohibition publication by the Baptist deacon Dr. Joseph Elbert Nunn (1851 – 1938). In 1916, Nunn turned the Amarillo Daily News into a general newspaper.

Nunn also owned an electric company, and heavily invested in the telephone company.[which?] He served on the boards of the Wayland Baptist College (now Wayland Baptist University) in Plainview, Texas, then at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University).

He went on to Lubbock, Texas, with the Goodnight Baptist College in the now ghost town of Goodnight in Armstrong County. The college and town were named for the legendary Texas Panhandle rancher Charles Goodnight.[2]

In 1926, Eugene A. Howe and Wilbur Clayton Hawk bought the Amarillo Daily News and merged it with their Globe newspaper to form the Amarillo Globe-News Publishing Company.

The Amarillo Times started on December 15, 1937, as an afternoon tabloid newspaper. On December 2, 1951, the Globe-News and Times were merged into one company with the majority of the stock owned by the Times' Roy Whittenburg family, being published by Samuel Benjamin Whittenburg (1914 – 1992). The Daily News continued as the morning newspaper, while the Globe-News and Times were merged into the afternoon Globe-Times.

The Amarillo Globe-Times won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for exposing government corruption in Potter and Randall counties.[3] The organization noted the paper "expos[ed] a breakdown in local law enforcement with resultant punitive action that swept lax officials from their posts and brought about the election of a reform slate."[4]

The company also purchased radio stations WDAG and KRGS (merging them to form KGNC in 1935),[5] and NBC television station KGNC-TV (now KAMR) in 1953.[6]

On September 1, 1972, Morris Communications bought the Globe-News from the Whittenburg family.[7]

In 2001, the Daily News and Globe-Times merged into one morning edition, the Globe-News.[8]

In 2017, Morris Communications sold its newspapers to GateHouse Media.[9]


Journalists who got their start at the Amarillo Globe-News include National Journal Correspondent Major Garrett and Dow Jones Newswires columnist Al Lewis.

Nelson Clyde III, prominent publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph from 1990 until his death in 2007, worked at the Globe-News from 1966-1968.

Charles E. Maple, a journalist and chamber of commerce official, worked at the Globe-News as police and fire reporter at the start of his career in the middle 1950s.[10]


  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  2. ^ Joseph Elbert Nunn exhibit at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
  3. ^ Kleiner, Diana J. "Amarillo News and Globe-Times". Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ []
  5. ^ Business @marillo Globe-News: WDAG made first broadcast with 10 watts of power 5/18/97
  6. ^ Trial and error signal beginning of KGNC
  7. ^ Grimes, Millard (1985). The last linotype: the story of Georgia and its newspapers since World War II. p. 163. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ E Pluribus Unum: Globe-News has deep roots
  9. ^ "Morris Announces Sale of Publications to Gatehouse Media". Morris Communications. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Charles E. Maple". The Shreveport Times and Amarillo Globe-News through November 26, 2006. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 

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