The Daily News Archive

Daily news is a summary of events from the major world regions. It includes the latest political, economic, business and sports developments. It also contains reports on world conflicts and disasters. It is an essential source of information for international relations scholars and policy makers.

The Daily News was founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson, who had previously published the Chicago Tribune as a copublisher and had been influenced by his father’s newspaper experience in the late 19th century. The first newspaper printed in tabloid format, the Daily News reached its peak circulation in 1947 of 2.4 million copies per day. At that time it was the largest newspaper in the United States and was known for its brassy, pictorial style. It emphasized political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome scandal and social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to the latter’s abdication. It was an early user of Associated Press wirephoto service and employed a large staff of photographers.

During the early 21st century, the Daily News grappled with declining print sales and ad revenues and battled its muscular hometown rival, the New York Post, as well as shifting news consumption habits in the digital age. It gained a reputation for defending the First Amendment and the rights of people perceived to be without a voice, earning Pulitzer Prizes in 1996 for E.R. Shipp’s pieces on welfare and race issues and in 1998 for Mike McAlary’s coverage of police brutality against Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

In 2015, the News was sold to Tronc, which had evolved from the original Daily News founder the Tribune Company. The deal gave Tronc a presence in the New York media market and the Daily News’ Jersey City, New Jersey, printing plant. In the deal, Tronc assumed the Daily News’ operational and pension liabilities and got 100 percent ownership of the newspaper’s news site and a 49.9 percent interest in its printing plant property, which overlooks the Manhattan skyline.

In 2021, an anonymous Yale College alumnus made a gift to support the ongoing maintenance and development of this historical newspaper archive. This gift facilitated the migration of the Archive to a new, more user-friendly platform and allowed for the addition of issues from 1996 to present. We are grateful for this generous gift.