E.W. Scripps Biography

Publisher (1854–1926)
Publisher E.W. Scripps (1854–1926) founded the first major U.S. newspaper chain, and his company is still in the media business.


E.W. Scripps (1854–1926) began publishing his own newspapers in 1878 and eventually owned 34 in 15 states. He was a partner in forming the first major U.S. newspaper chain, the Scripps-McRae League of Newspapers (1894). In 1907 he consolidated regional Scripps news services as United Press (later known as UPI). The E.W. Scripps Co. now includes various media holdings in addition to newspapers.

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