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3 p.m. Exhibit opening

On Nov. 2, 1878, E.W. and his sister Ellen Browning Scripps founded The Penny Press newspaper in Cleveland, the beginning of the E.W. Scripps Co. That first paper launched a chain of 34 newspapers in 15 states across the country. Rather than subscribe to The Associated Press wire service, E.W. created his own service, which became United Press International. United Press is credited with the first wire delivery of photos, the first wire designed for radio, the first use of computers, the first transmission of news over satellite and the first television news service. The company established a bureau in the nation’s capital to cover World War I. It established its own syndication service, United Feature Syndicate, that circulated editorials and comic strips to its own papers and a thousand other clients. United Feature is best known for its purchase of the “Peanuts” comic strip. Ernie Pyle, a Scripps correspondent who covered World War II, received the Pulitzer Prize for his combat reporting. The company sold its newspapers in 2015 to focus on broadcast, digital and cable. The E.W. Scripps Co. is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum and reaches nearly every American through its national network of news and entertainment programming.


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  • Laurie Lach
  • Lorraine Wochna

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