Akron Beacon Journal

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Akron Beacon Journal
The March 2, 2007 front page of the
Akron Beacon Journal
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherBill Albrecht
EditorMichael Shearer
Founded1839; 185 years ago (1839) (as the Summit Beacon)
Headquarters388 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio
  • 21,947 Daily
  • 34,841 Sunday
(as of 2022)[1]

The Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States. Owned by Gannett, it is the sole daily newspaper in Akron and is distributed throughout Northeast Ohio. The paper's coverage focuses on local news. The Beacon Journal has won four Pulitzer Prizes: in 1968, 1971, 1987 and 1994.[2]


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.[3]

On November 11, 2013, the Akron Beacon Journal printed its last paper in-house. It subsequently used the presses at The Repository in Canton, Ohio,[4] also owned by GateHouse. As of March 2019 it was using the presses at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.[5]

Notable journalists[edit]

Headquarters from 1938 to 2019


The paper has won four Pulitzer Prizes:[9]


  1. ^ Gannett. "Form 10-K". Securities & Exchange Commission. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Akron Beacon Journal". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  3. ^ "Akron Beacon Journal sold to GateHouse Media". Crain's Cleveland Business. 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  4. ^ "Beacon Journal to be printed in Canton". Akron Beacon Journal. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  5. ^ Winges, Bruce (March 2, 2019). "Beacon Journal Editor Bids Farewell". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sheldon Ocker wins Hall of Fame's Spink Award". USA TODAY.
  7. ^ "Ocker to receive Hall of Fame's Spink Award". ESPN.com. 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ Lewis, Ryan (2018-07-28). "Baseball Hall of Fame: Former Beacon Journal writer Sheldon Ocker honored with J.G. Taylor Spink Award". Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  9. ^ "Beacon Journal Pulitzer Prizes". Ohio.com (Akron Beacon Journal). 2014-09-20. Retrieved 2019-06-12.

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