The newspaper is a member of the New York Times Regional Media Group, a subsidiary of the New York Times Company, through the corporate entity of NYT Holdings, Inc., an Alabama corporation. The New York Times Company acquired the News in 1985 from the Public Welfare Foundation, a charitable entity. The News had been donated to that foundation by its owner Edward Marsh, along with other newspapers he owned, before his death in 1964.
The News has twelve-month average circulation of 32,700 daily and 34,600 Sunday. Of the 25 daily newspapers published in Alabama, the News has the fifth highest daily circulation. Beginning in 2001, the News constructed and occupied a new facility overlooking the Black Warrior River.
Because Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, the News places particular emphasis on coverage of its sports programs, and maintains a separate website for that coverage, TideSports.com Besides its editorial offices in Tuscaloosa, the News maintains a state capital bureau in Montgomery.
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