The Manitoulin Expositor is a Canadian weekly newspaper, published in Little Current, Ontario to serve residents of Manitoulin Island.[1]

Manitoulin Expositor
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Manitoulin Publishing Company Ltd
Founder(s)William Loe Smith
Headquarters1 Manitowaning Road

Little Current, Ontario

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Launched in 1879 by editor William Loe Smith, it is the oldest still-extant newspaper in the Northern Ontario region.[2]

The paper is nationally most noted for winning the Michener Award for public service journalism in 1982, for its investigation into the high local suicide rate.[3] The investigation led to the launch of a community-operated suicide prevention hotline.[4]

The paper was acquired in 1970 by Rick McCutcheon, who had joined the paper as an editor in 1968.[4] He remains the paper's owner and publisher emeritus today, although he is semi-retired and day to day operations as editor and publisher are now handled by his daughter Alicia McCutcheon.[5] In 2020, Rick McCutcheon was inducted into the Ontario Community Newspapers Association's Hall of Fame.[6]

In 2001, the paper acquired the formerly competing Manitoulin West Recorder in Gore Bay.[2] Both titles are still in operation as of 2020.[5]


  1. ^ Jim Moodie, "Looking back fondly on days at the Expositor". Sudbury Star, August 10, 1999.
  2. ^ a b Jim Moodie, "The island's two weekly papers become one". Sudbury Star, March 20, 2001.
  3. ^ "Suicide articles win award for Manitoulin Expositor". Winnipeg Free Press, November 14, 1983.
  4. ^ a b Rudy Platiel, "Tragic honor: Editor risked exploitation charge to sound suicide alarm". The Globe and Mail, March 26, 1984.
  5. ^ a b Bob Chiarito, "As community papers struggle, one island news outlet thrives by sticking to shoe-leather tactics". Gateway Journalism Review, October 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Rick McCutcheon inducted into newspaper hall of fame". Manitoulin Expositor, May 20, 2020.