Odessa American

The Odessa American is a newspaper based in Odessa, Texas, that serves Odessa and the rest of Ector County.[2]

Odessa American
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)AIM Media Texas
PublisherPatrick Canty
EditorLaura Dennis
Founded1940 (as The Odessa American)
Headquarters700 N. Grant Ave., Suite 800,
Odessa, TX 79761-4590
United States
Circulation16,595 Mon-Fri
14,074 Sat
17,207 Sun[1]

The newspaper has daily editions (sold at $2) and Sunday/Thanksgiving Day editions (sold at $3).

The paper is particularly notable for its Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of Baby Jessica McClure when she was rescued from her well in neighboring Midland, Texas.[3]

The American was owned by Freedom Communications until 2012, when Freedom papers in Texas were sold to AIM Media Texas.[4]


In 1895, William C. "Uncle Billy" Griffin came to Odessa from Midland and began publishing Ector County's first newspaper, the Odessa Weekly News.

The Weekly News lasted only one year, and was followed by six other short-lived weekly publications until August 1927, when production of Odessa Times and Odessa News began. In October 1928, the two weekly papers were merged as the Odessa News-Times.

The towns of Penwell and Goldsmith supported, for a short time during oil boom of the 1930s, the only Ector County newspaper known to have been published outside Odessa.

The first daily newspaper, the Daily Bulletin, began in 1936, and the News-Times followed in 1937. On Oct. 2, 1940, R. Henderson Shuffler consolidated the Daily Bulletin and the "News-Times" into the Odessa American, which he sold on Aug. 11, 1945.

Ownership of the newspaper changed twice before Aug. 13, 1948, when it was purchased by Raymond C. Hoiles of Freedom Newspapers, Inc.

That company, which later became Freedom Communications, sold the Odessa American along with its other Texas properties to AIM Media Texas, LLC, on May 18, 2012.[4]

The Odessa American has withstood brief competition from five newspapers since its first publication, and has been published at 222 E. Fourth St. since 1951.[5]

On Nov. 30, 2018, the Odessa American moved to new, more modern offices at 4001 E. 42nd St., Suite 200, in Odessa. On Aug. 30, 2019, the Odessa American moved back to downtown Odessa to 700 N. Grant Ave., Suite 800, in the Bank of America building.


  1. ^ "ACCESS ABC: eCirc for Newspapers". Archived from the original on 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  2. ^ American, Odessa. "Odessa American". Odessa American.
  3. ^ "U.S. News | National News". ABC News.
  4. ^ a b "[NR] AIM Media Texas, LLC acquires Texas newspapers". Odessa American.
  5. ^ "Texas Historical Marker". www.waymarking.com.

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