The New York Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper founded in 1919 and the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format. Its peak circulation was in 1947 at 2.4 million copies a day and it is currently the eleventh-highest circulated newspaper in the United States. It is not related to the earlier Daily News that shut down in 1906.
The Daily News was known for its large and prominent photographs, intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads, comic strips, sports sections, and an opinion section. Its motto was “New York’s picture newspaper”, and a camera has been part of its logo from the beginning. It was also well known for its crusades against municipal misconduct and corruption. Its editorials were often highly critical of New York City’s political leaders, particularly Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia and Governor Nelson Rockefeller, as well as the city’s police department.
In addition to print, the News had a television station, WPIX, and a radio station, WPIX-FM. Both the television and the radio stations were owned by the Tribune Company at one time, and they still remain in their former Daily News building.
Several times the News came close to going out of business. In 1982, during a newspaper strike, its parent the Tribune Company offered it for sale; the Daily News refused to sell and was saved by the millionaire Robert Maxwell.
The News at one time maintained local bureaus in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The newspaper now shares offices at City Hall, and within One Police Plaza with other news agencies. It is also an official sponsor of the New York City Marathon, a sports event that takes place each year in November.
During its history, the Daily News has endorsed Republican George W. Bush in 2004 and Democrat Barack Obama in 2008. It has also endorsed Democrat Mitt Romney in 2012, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Joe Biden in 2020. In its editorials the News has been critical of both Democratic and Republican mayors of New York City, including Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. The News has also been critical of both the New York City Police Department and the city’s public schools. The New York Daily News is a member of the United States Press Association and the New York City Press Club. It was previously an affiliate of the National Press Association. The paper is rated by Ad Fontes Media as Skewed Left in terms of bias and Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Until recently, it was the largest newspaper publisher in the world. It was sold in 2017 to Tronc for $1. Since then, the News has enacted buyouts and cuts, and outsourced its printing plant. Its current owners are Alden Global Capital. The News has a reputation for aggressive investigative journalism and its front page headlines are often provocative. This has helped to make it one of the most widely read newspapers in America.