Media Outlet: AZ Central
Founded: May 19, 1890 (The Arizona Republican)
Aliases: The Arizona Republic
Type: Daily Newspaper
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
News Network Affiliation: USA Today Network (part of)
Former Affiliation(s): KPNX (NBC affiliate)
Owner: Gannet Company
Historically, its economy was based on the 5Cs of industry (copper, cattle, climate, cotton, and citrus), but The Valley of the Sun and the surrounding Phoenix area has grown to encompass so much more to a diverse array of communities. As today’s Phoenix rebounds from an earlier recession and reinvents itself, more and more people are making the fifth largest city in the United States home. For close to 130 years, AZ Central has watched the city become established, develop its own industry and culture, and even struggle through economic hard times.
AZ Central, also known as The Arizona Republic, is Arizona’s largest paper. The paper is slightly conservative but does not adhere to any strict guidelines for reporting the news and making endorsements. With a daily circulation that is just over the 300,000 mark on both the weekday and weekends, the paper covers travel, politics, sports, business, and local news. Subscribers can visit the paper’s online site by going to AZCentral.com where they can read popular stories of the day.
AZ Central was initially established as The Arizona Republican in 1890. The paper changed hands a few times, and by the 1930s, it had been renamed The Arizona Republic. By 1946, newspaper magnate Eugene Pulliam purchased the newspaper, impacting its voice.
Pulliam is credited as being one of Phoenix’s renowned businessmen, known for establishing the modern Phoenix area. However, he was also known for civic leadership and his conservative viewpoint, both apparent in the voice of the paper. Under his direction, the paper created specialized sections for college students and for localities in the Phoenix area.
The paper was among one owned by Pulliam’s holding company Central Newspaper, Inc., and in 2000 when Gannet purchased Central Newspaper, Inc., AZ Central was sold as well. Gannet, long known has a beacon in the news industry, made The Republic apart of Republic Media, which allowed it to create other platforms, namely establishing AZCentral.com through a collaboration between The Arizona Republic and the local NBC-affiliate KPNX. The paper is the home to impressive writers, some who have gone onto win the Pulitzer and snag a spot on Arizona’s Journalism Hall of Fame.
AZ Central is definitely a root in Phoenix’s ever-changing political, historical, and cultural landscape. Get your business on AZ Central by sending a press release. PR Distribution is partnered with AZ Central and/or with their content syndication partner(s).
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AZ Central. (2019). AZCentral.com. Retrieved on July 12, 2019 from https://www.azcentral.com/.
Mettler, K. (2016, September 28). In historic first, Arizona Republic backs a Democrat for president, citing Trump’s ‘deep character flaws.’ The Washington Post. Retrieved on July 12, 2019 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/28/