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What is the history of the East Valley Tribune?

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In 1891, Alfred P. Shewman and W.P. Morton launched the newspaper that would eventually become the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona. Its original name was the Evening Weekly Free Press. As of 2015, the paper has changed hands 11 times and changed names eight times.

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1952 saw the incorporation of the Tribune Publishing Company. In 1977, Cox Enterprises purchased what was then the Mesa Daily Tribune, along with three other papers in the region, and launched a fourth. In 1996, Thompson Newspapers bought all of the Cox newspapers, and in 1997, combined all four into one paper and renamed it the Tribune. In 1999, it became the East Valley Tribune.

In 2000, Freedom Communications, Incorporated purchased the East Valley Tribune. The paper struggled for some time, scaling back its days of publication despite winning the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Later that year, its parent company filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 and announced that the East Valley Tribune would cease publication on Dec. 31, 2009. 10/13 Communications, LLC made an offer for the paper prior to that date, saving it from closure. The bankruptcy court finalized the sale in March 2010.

As of 2015, the East Valley Tribune boasts a circulation of approximately 100,000 in Mesa and surrounding areas, with a home subscriber base of approximately 80,000. The paper comes out each Sunday and prints a supplemental publication on Thursdays called GetOut, which features local activities and events.

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