The Denver Post

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The Denver Post
May 2, 2011 front page
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Digital First Media
Publisher Mac Tully
Editor Gregory L. Moore
Founded 1892
Headquarters 101 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202-5177 USA
Circulation 416,676 Daily
626,875 Sunday (as of 2013)[1]
ISSN 1930-2193

The Denver Post is a daily newspaper that has been published in Denver, Colorado, United States, since 1892.


The Post is the flagship newspaper of MediaNews Group Inc., founded in 1983 by William Dean Singleton and Richard Scudder. MediaNews is today one of the nation's largest newspaper chains, publisher of 61 daily newspapers and more than 120 non-daily publications in 13 states. MediaNews bought The Denver Post from the Times Mirror Co. on Dec. 1, 1987. Times Mirror had bought the paper from the heirs of founder Frederick Gilmer Bonfils in 1980.


As the major newspaper in Denver, the Post ranks 12th daily and 10th Sunday of the largest-circulation newspapers in the United States. As of March 2013, it has an average weekday circulation of 416,676 and Sunday circulation of 626,875.[1]

Website receives 4.6 million monthly unique visitors accessing 29 million pages, including 1.8 million mobile page views per month.[2]


The newspaper's building in downtown Denver.

In August 1892, The Evening Post was founded by supporters of Grover Cleveland with $50,000. It was a Democratic paper used to publicize political ideals and stem the number of Colorado Democrats leaving the party. Cleveland had been nominated for president because of his reputation for honest government.

However, Cleveland and eastern Democrats opposed government purchase of silver, Colorado's most important product, which made Cleveland unpopular in the state. Following the bust of silver prices in 1893, the country and Colorado went into a depression and the Evening Post suspended publication in August 1893.

A new group of owners with similar political ambitions raised $100,000 and resurrected the paper in June 1894. On October 28, 1895, Harry Heye Tammen, former bartender[3] and owner of a curio and souvenir shop, and Frederick Gilmer Bonfils, a Kansas City real estate and lottery operator, purchased the Evening Post for $12,500. Neither had newspaper experience, but they were adept at the business of promotion and finding out what people wanted to read.

Through the use of sensationalism, editorialism, and "flamboyant circus journalism," a new era began for The Post. Circulation grew and eventually passed the other three daily papers combined. On November 3, 1895 the paper's name changed to Denver Evening Post. On January 1, 1901 the word "Evening" was dropped from the name and the paper became The Denver Post.

20th and early 21st centuries

Among well-known Post reporters were Gene Fowler and "sob sister" Polly Pry. Damon Runyon worked briefly for the Post in 1905–06 before gaining fame as a writer in New York.[4]

After the deaths of Tammen and Bonfils in 1924 and 1933, Helen and May Bonfils, Bonfils' daughters, became the principal owners of The Post. In 1946, The Post hired Palmer Hoyt away from the Portland Oregonian to become editor and publisher of the Post and to give the paper a new direction.[5] With Hoyt in charge, news was reported fairly and accurately. He took editorial comment out of the stories and put it on an editorial page. He called the page The Open Forum and it continues today.

In 1960 there was a takeover attempt by publishing mogul Samuel I. Newhouse.[clarification needed] Helen Bonfils brought in her friend and lawyer Donald Seawell to save the paper. The fight led to a series of lawsuits as Post management struggled to maintain local ownership. It lasted 13 years and drained the paper financially. When Helen Bonfils died in 1972, Seawell was named president and chairman of the board. He was also head of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). The Center was established and financed primarily by the Frederick G. and Helen G. Bonfils foundations, with aid from city funds. The majority of the assets of the foundations came from Post stock dividends.

By 1980, the paper was losing money. Critics accused Seawell of being preoccupied with building up the DCPA. Seawell sold The Post to the Times Mirror Co. of California for $95 million. Proceeds went to the Bonfils Foundation, securing the financial future of the DCPA. Times Mirror started morning publication and delivery. Circulation improved, but the paper did not perform as well as required. Times Mirror sold The Denver Post to Dean Singleton and MediaNews Group in 1987.

In January 2001, MediaNews and E.W. Scripps, parent company of the now defunct Rocky Mountain News, entered into a joint operating agreement (JOA), creating the Denver Newspaper Agency, which combined the business operations of the former rivals. Under the agreement, the newsrooms of the two newspapers agreed to publish separate morning editions Monday through Friday, with The Post retaining a broadsheet format and The News using a tabloid format.

They published a joint broadsheet newspaper on Saturday, produced by the News staff, and a broadsheet on Sunday, produced by The Post staff. Both newspapers' editorial pages appeared in both weekend papers. The JOA ended on February 27, 2009, when the Rocky Mountain News published its last issue. The following day, the Post published its first Saturday issue since 2001.

The Post launched a staff expansion program in 2001, but declining advertising revenue led to a reduction of the newsroom staff in 2006 and 2007 through layoffs, early-retirement packages, voluntary-separation buyouts and attrition.[6][7]

Management by Digital First Media

On September 7, 2011, John Paton – the CEO of Journal Register Company – was appointed CEO of MediaNews Group, replacing Singleton, who remains The Post's publisher and CEO of MediaNews. With the move, The Post also entered into an agreement with the newly created Digital First Media, led by Paton, that would provide management services and lead the execution of the company's business strategy in conjunction with Journal Register. Paton remains the CEO of both newspaper companies.[8] Combined, Journal Register and MediaNews serve more than 57 million Americans in 18 states per month, with 41 million of those customers online.[9]


Editors of the Post have included:

  1. Arnold Miller
  2. Robert W. Ritter 1989 -?
  3. F. Gilman Spencer
  4. Neil Westergaard
  5. Dennis A. Britton
  6. Glenn Guzzo
  7. Gregory L. Moore 2002-current[10][11]

Notable columnists

Current columnists include Woody Paige in sports, Tom Noel on local history, Mike Rosen on the commentary page. Notable former columnists include David Harsanyi and Al Lewis.


Pulitzer Prizes

The Denver Post has won nine Pulitzer Prizes:

References not listed below can be found on the linked pages.

Recent national and international awards

  • 2007: Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news for The Denver Post's coverage of Colorado's back-to-back blizzards.
  • 2007: Four awards for outstanding business coverage from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). The project-reporting winner was the Post's 2006 series on Colorado's mortgage foreclosure epidemic, "Foreclosing on the American Dream."
  • 2007: Former Post staff writer Eric Gorski was awarded first place in "Best of the West" contest in the Business and Financial Reporting category for "The Gospel of Prosperity," a look at the finances of the Heritage Christian Center.
  • 2007: Visual journalists at The Post won 10 awards in two international newspaper competitions - nine Awards of Excellence in the 28th annual Society of News Design judging and a bronze medal in the 15th annual Malofiej International Infographic Awards, held in Pamplona, Spain.

Recent local awards

  • 2007: The Denver Post won 22 top awards in two Colorado journalism contests, including the award for general excellence from the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters (CAPER). The staff of was awarded top honors for online breaking news.
  • 2007: The Mountain States Office of the Anti-Defamation League presented Denver Post editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe with its annual Freedom of the Press award.


In February 2014, The Denver Post began publishing a section entitled "Energy and Environment," funded by Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED), a pro-natural gas group. The stories in the section are written by outsiders, not by DP reporters. A banner across the top of the section reads “This Section is Sponsored by CRED.” Nevertheless, critics express concern that the section risks confusing readers about the distinction between advertising and reporting.[16]

See also



  1. 1.0 1.1 "AAM Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Denver Post Media Press Kit,
  3. Laton McCartney. The Teapot Dome Scandal. Random House. p. 124.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Denver Press Club historical archive,
  5. Bill Hosakawa (1976) Thunder in the Rockies, New York: Morrow.
  6. Michael Roberts, Westword (2006-04-27): "Dealing: The Post offers staffers money to leave",
  7. The Associated Press reprinted in Editor & Publisher (2007-06-19): "Industry Bloodbath Continues: 'Denver Post' Loses 21 Posts in Newsroom",
  8. Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post (2011-09-07): "MediaNews Group names John Paton new CEO",
  9. Andy Vuong, The Denver Post (2011-09-07): "New MediaNews CEO focused on digital strategy, local news",
  10. New York Times (1989-12-01) Denver Post Picks New Editor
  11. "Greg Moore's Plans for The Denver Post," Editor & Publisher, November 21, 2002
  13. Cavna, Michael (April 18, 2011). "THE PULITZERS: Denver's Mike Keefe wins for Editorial Cartooning". The Washington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Shooting coverage wins Pulitzer". 3 News NZ. April 16, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. The Denver Post Landscape painting, The art of Colorado's landscape

Current Photographers and Videographers

Amon, Joe Photographer 1321 jamon @joeamonDP
Barber, Glen Digital Photo Editor 1309 gbarber @gbarberphoto
Brothers, Amy Digital Photo/Video Editor 1309 abrothers @brothers_amy
Chandler, Vincent Video Producer 1321 vchandler @vinniechant
Ballard, Brandyn Photographer 1321 BBallard @Brandonballard
Cross, Andy Photographer 1321 across @acrossphoto
Hughes, Molly Director of Denver Post TV 1321 mhughes @MollyHughes
Gaylord, Mahala Videographer 1321 mgaylord @mahalagaylord
Leyba, John Photographer 1321 jleyba @Presto89
Lewis, Brent Photographer 1321 blewis @brentelewis
Lyden, Meghan Senior Editor/Photo/Multimedia 1048 mlyden @meghanlyden
Lutzens, Eric Video/Photo Editor 1459 elutzens @lutzens
Lyons, Ken Senior Photo Editor 1070 klyons @kenlyons
McCrimmon, Cyrus Photographer 1321 cmccrimmon @cyrusmcc
Nehf, Steve Videographer 1606 snehf @stevenehf
Ontiveroz, AAron Photographer 1321 aontiveroz @aaronontiveroz
Osler, Kathryn Scott Photographer 1321 kosler @ksosler
Pavlin, Don Digital Photo Editor/Video Prod. 2408 dpavlin @donpavlin
Pierce, Lindsay Videographer 1321 lpierce @lindsaypiercem
Richardson, Helen Photographer 1321 hrichardson @hrichardson
Sangosti, RJ Photographer 1321 rsangosti @rjsangosti
Traylor, Patrick Sports Photo Editor 1014 ptraylor @traylor2
Wood, Katie Digital Video Editor 1295 kwood @kwood
  • History of Denver, by Jerome C. Smiley, 1901, page 672.
  • Voice of Empire A Centennial Sketch of The Denver Post, by William H. Hornby, page 8.

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