The Morning Call

The Morning Call

Infobox Newspaper
name = The Morning Call

caption = The July 27, 2005 front page of
"The Morning Call"
type = Daily newspaper
format = Broadsheet
foundation = 1883 (as the "Critic")
ceased publication =
price =
owners = Tribune Company
publisher = Timothy R. Kennedy
editor = Ardith Hilliard
circulation = 108,886 Daily
147,696 Sundaycite web | title=2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation |publisher=Burrelles"Luce" |url= |format=PDF |accessdate=2007-05-31 |date=2007-03-31]
headquarters = 101 North 6th Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18105 USA
website = []

"The Morning Call" is a daily newspaper based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States.Cite Web | title = Publications: Circulation Area | publisher = "The Morning Call" website | url =,0,4365111,full.story | accessdate = 2008-05-22.] The newspaper is owned by the Tribune Company, whose other publications include the "Chicago Tribune", "Los Angeles Times" and "Baltimore Sun".Cite Web | last = Perez-Pena | first = Richard | title = Tribune Chief to Step Down as Newspaper Chain Goes Private | newspaper = New York Times | date = December 20, 2007 | url = | accessdate = 2008-05-22.]

The "Call" serves a nine-county region of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey and is the largest circulation newspaper of the Lehigh Valley. Its circulation of 109,000 daily and 148,000 Sunday ranks it among the nation’s top 100 largest-circulation newspapers.


"The Morning Call" traces its beginnings to May 26, 1883, when Samuel S. Woolever started "The Critic", a Saturday evening weekly.Cite Web | title = Morning Call History | publisher = "Morning Call" website | url =,0,1086882.story | accessdate = 2008-05-22.] "The Critic" became a morning newspaper in late 1883, switched to a Sunday weekly a year later and resumed daily publication as the "Daily Morning Critic" in 1887. Woolever sold the "Critic" to a group of partners in 1894, and on January 1 of the following year, the paper appeared under the name "The Morning Call" for the first time.Cite Journal | last = Schlecter | first = Edward W. | title = Printing in the Lehigh Valley | journal = Proceedings of the Lehigh County Historical Society | issue = 13th | pages = 36–53 | publisher = Lehigh County Historical Society | date = December, 1942 | location = Allentown, Pennsylvania | url =,14721 | accessdate = 2008-08-17]

David A. Miller, a reporter for the "Critic", and his brother Samuel began investing in the newspaper around this time. By 1904, the two brothers had bought out the last of the original partners. In 1906, the "Call" joined the Associated Press, adding national and world news coverage to its pages. The early part of the century was a lively era for newspaper publishing. Besides the "Call", Allentown's daily papers included the "Daily City Item", "Allentown Democrat" and "Chronicle and News", an evening newspaper that dated to 1870. Within a little more than a decade, the local newspaper scene would change considerably.

In 1920, Harry C. Trexler, the region’s top industrialist, put together an investors group to acquire the "Call". Through a series of mergers, Allentown Call Publishing Co. was formed, leaving the "Chronicle and News" as the "Call"'s primary rival. The next year, 1921, the newspaper began publishing a Sunday edition, the "Sunday Morning Call". After Trexler's death in 1933, David Miller, who still held a financial interest in the paper, resumed control, along with two other partners. In 1935, the "Call" took over the "Chronicle and News". Three years later, in 1938, the Sunday edition was renamed the "Sunday Call-Chronicle", and the following year, the "Chronicle and News" became "The Evening Chronicle".

The Miller family continued to oversee the newspapers for the next four decades. Following David Miller's death in 1958, his sons, Donald P. and Samuel W., succeeded him as publishers. Samuel died in 1967, and soon afterwards, Donald’s son, Edward D. Miller, joined him in running the papers. However, the "Chronicle" was discontinued in 1980, its 90th year, and Edward left the business the following year. Call-Chronicle Newspapers, Inc., was sold in 1984 to the Times Mirror Company, one of the country's top five newspaper companies. [Cite Web | title = The Times Mirror Company - Company Profile | url = | accessdate = 2008-05-22.] In 2000, the Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror and with it, "The Morning Call".



External links

* [ "The Morning Call" Official Web Site] .
* [,0,7474032.story?coll=all-servicesabout-hed "History of The Morning Call" from its official Web Site] .

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