Chicago Tribune Company History Timeline

1847

Here are some interesting facts about The Chicago Tribune Newspaper Joseph Forrest, John Wheeler and James Kelly founded the Tribune in 1847 and quickly adopted nativist and temperance positions that forecast its editorial policies for more than a century.

1855

In 1855, the newspaper was getting close to bankruptcy, so Joseph Medill and another five partners decided to buy it.

1922

How was the Tribune Tower built In 1922, the Chicago Daily Tribune organized a competition for the most beautiful and eye-catching building in the world.

1924

WDAP radio station was bought by the Chicago Tribune back in 1924 and changed its name to WGN AM , with WGN standing for World s Greatest Newspaper the newspaper s self-description.

1948

WGN Television was then established in 1948, remaining Tribune property to the present day and are some of the oldest newspaper and broadcasting cross-ownerships in the United States.

1955

McCormick passed away in 1955, leading the newspaper to take a few editorial risks.

1961

The first prize was won in 1961 for Carey Orr s editorial cartooning, and George Bliss, a reporter, won a prize the following year for his reporting.

1969

Harold Grumhaus became publisher and Clayton Kirkpatrick became editor in 1969, changing the nature of the newspaper s outlook.

1974

Reaching a great journalistic achievement, the Chicago Tribune printed the complete 246,000 word text of the Watergate tapes on May 1, 1974.

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