New York Newsday was an American daily newspaper that primarily served New York City and was sold throughout the New York metropolitan area.[1] The paper, established in 1985,[2] was a New York City-specific offshoot of Newsday, a Long Island-based newspaper that preceded (and succeeded) New York Newsday. The paper was closed by its owner, Times Mirror Company, in July 1995.[2][3]

New York Newsday
New York Newsday (January 16, 1990)
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Times Mirror Company



In its 10 years of existence, New York Newsday won three Pulitzer Prizes.[4] Despite the critical praise, the paper struggled to build an audience that could support the economics of publishing in the New York metropolitan area.

Circulation peaked at 300,000 and was 231,000 at the time of closure. New York Newsday invigorated local coverage in New York, especially at The New York Times, but Mark Willes, the CEO of Times Mirror Company, had great reservations about its success and viability. In an interview with Newsweek magazine, he said, "Once I got inside the company, not only was the total performance lower than it needed to be, every property was subpar."[5] Willes refused to entertain employee proposals to trim costs and save the paper.[6]

After closure


After the newspaper's demise, many of its reporters, including Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Dwyer, moved into roles at other New York metropolitan-market papers, including The New York Times, New York Post, and Daily News.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "New York Newsday shuts down". UPI. July 15, 1995. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Barron, James (July 15, 1995). "After Years Of Fighting Big Losses, A Retreat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  3. ^ Grossman, Karl (January 1995). "How New York Newsday Died–And Why It Didn't Have To". FAIR. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Glaberson, William (July 15, 1995). "Decade-Old New York Newsday To Cease Publishing Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Sloan, Allan (July 31, 1995). "Counting The Wrong Beans". Newsweek. No. 5. New York Newsday Newspaper.
  6. ^ Schanberg, Sydney H. (March 1, 1996). "The Murder Of New York Newsday". New York Newsweek. No. 3. Washington Monthly.