Traverse City Record-Eagle

The Traverse City Record-Eagle is a daily newspaper based in Traverse City, Michigan. The newspaper formerly was owned by Dow Jones & Company, also known as the publishers of the Wall Street Journal. On August 28, 2006, however, Dow Jones announced they were putting the Record-Eagle up for sale, and the paper eventually was purchased by CNHI.

The circulation area of the Record-Eagle covers much of northern Michigan, with a particular emphasis on counties adjacent to Greater Traverse City such as Leelanau County and Benzie County. While the economy of Michigan as a whole has been characterized as stagnant or declining, the Traverse City area demonstrated significant population growth in the 2000s.

The Traverse City area's economy centers on four-season recreation, retirement living, tourism, higher education, and Native American gaming, and the newspaper covers these concerns. Their editorial board often writes aggressively on environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on the ecology of the Great Lakes, anti-development in the region and liberal political issues.

In October 2005, the Michigan Press Association named the Record-Eagle the "Newspaper of the Year" for newspapers with daily circulations between 15,001 and 40,000. In 2005, the Record-Eagle told the Media Management Center (Northwestern University) that its daily circulation was 29,341.

In 2006, Suburban Newspapers of America named the Record-Eagle's flagship Web site,, the Best Community News Site in its class (newspapers with circulation under 40,000), and also awarded the site Best Site Architecture and Design.


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