The Daily News (Texas)

The Daily News
Texas' Oldest Newspaper

April 19, 1842 front page of The Daily News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Southern Newspapers Inc., Galveston Newspapers, Inc.
Publisher Leonard Woosley
Editor Michael A. Smith
Managing editors Scott E. Williams, Laura Elder
Managing editor, design Dave Mathews
Sports editor James LaCombe
Photo editor Jennifer Reynolds
Founded April 11, 1842
Language English
Headquarters 8522 Teichman Road
P.O. Box 628
Galveston, Texas, 77553
United States
Circulation 33,000 Daily
36,000 Sunday
OCLC number 55942695

The Daily News,[1] formerly the Galveston County Daily News and Galveston Daily News, is a newspaper published in Galveston, Texas, United States. It was first published April 11, 1842, making it the oldest newspaper in the U.S. state of Texas. The newspaper founded The Dallas Morning News on October 1, 1885 as a sister publication.[2] It currently serves as the newspaper of record for the City of Galveston as well as Galveston County.


On April 11, 1842, George H. French began publication of the Daily News, as a single broadsheet paper. At the time, Texas was an independent Republic, with Sam Houston serving as president, and Galveston was its largest port and primary city.[3] By 1843, Willard Richardson was named editor of the paper and in 1845 decided to purchase the growing publication. The News continued to grow and became a "major voice in the Republic of Texas",[4] and was one of the first papers in the US with a dedicated train to manage its circulation in cities across the Republic and later the U.S. State of Texas.[5]

The Daily News main office in Galveston.

During the Civil War, the Daily News was briefly published in Houston, after Galveston was occupied by Union forces, but by 1866, it had returned to the Island city.[4]

Alfred Horatio Belo, joined the staff in 1865 and purchased the paper in 1875. By 1885, Belo saw the need for a strong independent publication in Dallas, and sent staff there to establish a satellite publication, The Dallas Morning News.[4][5] In 1923, William Lewis Moody, Jr., a prominent banker and insurance man purchased the paper from A. H. Belo. In 1963 the Moody Foundation chose to sell the paper to William P. Hobby, Jr., owner of the Houston Post. The Hobbys, who also owned the competing Galveston Tribune, chose to discontinue that publication and convert the Daily News into a daily evening publication. In June 1967 Galveston Newspapers Inc., purchased the paper and changed The News to daily morning format.[6]

On Sunday November 7, 2004 The Daily News absorbed the Texas City Sun, a smaller sister publication that had been founded in 1912 and was based in Texas City, Texas.[7]


The paper has won first place awards from the Associated Press and the Texas Press Association in editorial writing, headline writing and general excellence, as well as breaking news articles.[8][9]


In November 2011 the paper dropped the "Galveston County" moniker and returned to its original name, The Daily News.[1][3] It is currently published by Galveston Newspapers Inc., and owned by the Carmage B. Walls family. The Wallses also operate the Houston, Texas-based media group, Southern Newspapers Inc.

It is Southern Newspapers' flagship publication and has a circulation of 33,000 in 2008.[10] It has a weekday circulation of approx. 14,200 and a weekend circulation of approx.14,900.

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