The Capital

The Capital
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Baltimore Sun Media Group/Tribune Publishing
Publisher Tim Thomas
Editor Rick Hutzell
Sports editor Gerry Jackson
Photo editor J. Henson
Founded 1884
Headquarters 888 Bestgate Rd Ste 104, Annapolis, Maryland
Circulation 30,274 daily
35,155 Sunday

The Capital is a daily newspaper published in Annapolis, Maryland since 1884. Its sister newspaper, The Gazette, is one of the oldest newspapers in America, its origins dating back to the early 18th century. The Capital serves the city of Annapolis, much of Anne Arundel County, and neighboring Kent Island in Queen Anne's County. An evening newspaper for most of its existence, it moved to mornings beginning on March 9, 2015.[1]

The Capital, the Maryland Gazette and their sister publications have been composed and printed for more than 270 years in numerous locations in and near Annapolis.

The company has moved headquarters seven times, including from 3 Church Circle to 213 West St. in 1948, to 2000 Capital Drive in 1987, to Gibralter Road after that, and to 888 Bestgate Road in 2014.

The Capital was acquired by The Baltimore Sun Media Group in 2014.[2]


One of the Capital's sister papers is The Maryland Gazette and is one of the oldest, continuously published, newspapers in the United States. The Maryland Gazette was founded in Annapolis in the early 18th century by William Parks.

Originally known as The Evening Capital, the name was shortened to its present form with the start of weekend morning delivery in 1981. Its transition into a seven-day-a-week morning paper was announced on February 8, 2015, and implemented on March 9.[1]

Modern era

In 1955, The Evening Capital ceased to be a weekly newspaper.

After the 2006 death by suicide of then-publisher and part owner Philip Merrill, Landmark Communications took full control of The Capital's parent company, Capital Gazette Communications, LLC, which published The Capital, Maryland Gazette, Bowie Blade-News, Crofton-West County Gazette, and Capital Style Magazine.

On January 3, 2008, it was reported that the family-owned Landmark Communications, parent company of The Capital, was for sale.[3]

The Maryland Gazette, a sister newspaper of The Capital, is published twice weekly, Wednesday and Saturday, covering northern Anne Arundel County. The southern boundary for home delivery of The Maryland Gazette starts north of Severna Park, a northern suburb of Annapolis.

As of 2013, The Capital had a daily circulation of about 30,000.[4] The papers are printed on a computerized high-speed Goss International Headliner press.


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