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Utah’s Daily Herald turns 150

August 7, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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It is not often a newspaper, or any business for that matter, can celebrate 150 years of consecutive service to its community, but now the Daily Herald can.

“Through all the diversity that newspapers have gone through over the past years, the Daily Herald has continued to cover the news of Provo and Utah County with professionalism and with great effort to keep our communities informed and entertained. We are proud, after 150 years, to still be a part of this thriving community,” said Jim Konig, publisher.

The paper, then known as the Daily Times, was first published Aug. 1, 1873, and was the first paper in Provo, a part of the Utah Territory. For perspective, the Daily Herald started printing just about three years before Custer’s Last Stand and two years before the Brigham Young Academy opened.

The Daily Times was founded by R. G. Sleater, Robert T. McEwan, Oscar F. Lyons and Joseph T. McEwan. The Daily Herald is the second-oldest business still running in Provo; only Berg Mortuary is older.

The publication went through a variety of names through the end of the 1800s and early 1900s. It became the Daily Herald when James G. Scripps, eldest son of newspaper magnate E.W. Scripps, purchased it in 1926. Scripps held ownership until 1996 when it was purchased by Pulitzer. In 2005, it was purchased by Lee Enterprises and it was then sold in 2016 to current owner Ogden Newspapers Inc. based in Wheeling, West Virginia.

“The Daily Herald team is as dedicated as ever in our mission to provide quality journalism and portray all aspects of lives in Utah County moving into the future,” said Harrison Epstein, Herald community editor. “It’s an incredible legacy and we seek to serve the current and future population of the valley.”

From 1873 to today, the Daily Herald has covered pioneering growth in Utah Valley, World Wars, the Great Depression, the space age, entertainment and societ,y even baby births, marriages and, of course, Brigham Young University winning the 1984 national football championship.

BYU has been a highlight of the Herald’s sports coverage as well as local high school athletics, Utah Valley University and more.

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