Democrat and Chronicle

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The Democrat and Chronicle is a daily newspaper serving the greater Rochester, New York, area. Located at 245 East Main Street in downtown Rochester, the Democrat and Chronicle operates under the ownership of Gannett. The paper's production facility is located in the town of Greece, New York. The Democrat and Chronicle is Rochester's only daily circulated newspaper.

Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle front page.jpg
TypeDaily newspaper
EditorMichael Kilian
Founded1833 (as The Balance)
Headquarters245 East Main Street
Midtown Plaza
Rochester, New York 14604
 United States


Founded in 1833 as The Balance, the paper eventually became known as the Daily Democrat.[2] The Daily Democrat merged with another local paper, the Chronicle, in 1870, to become known as the Democrat and Chronicle. The paper was purchased by Gannett in 1928.[3]

In 1997 Gannett merged the evening sister paper the Rochester Times-Union into the Democrat and Chronicle, the two merged staffs in 1992 and had shared the same building since 1959 when the Democrat and Chronicle moved from a location at 59-61 East Main Street on the Main Street Bridge where they had been since 1923.

From 1928 to 1985, the Democrat and Chronicle was Gannett's flagship paper, and Gannett's corporate headquarters were located in the Democrat and Chronicle building. Gannett moved its headquarters to Tysons Corner, Virginia; home of USA Today, in 1985.The Democrat and Chronicle who moved into the building in 1959 continued to occupy the historic Gannett Building at 55 Exchange Boulevard until moving to a new smaller building at the Midtown Plaza site on East Main Street in May, 2016.

The Democrat and Chronicle building at Midtown Plaza in Rochester, New York

At 153,350 square feet, the former headquarters in the Gannett building was considerably larger than the current headquarters, which is 42,000 square feet. The Democrat and Chronicle no longer needed the much larger space in the new digital age where newsprint in the United States is on the decline and the building which included the space that formerly held the printing presses prior to 1996 was expensive to maintain.[4]

With the move came new branding as D&C Digital, emphasizing focus on the outlet's digital marketing services and video properties.[5]

In 2010, The Democrat and Chronicle ranked number one among US newspapers in market penetration, the percentage of readers in a metro area who read in print or online. The Democrat and Chronicle held that top spot for several years, and have been among the leaders since the 1990s.[6]

The Democrat and Chronicle, along with its parent company Gannett, was sued in October 2019 by a former paperboy who accused the newspaper of enabling a former district manager to sexually abuse him in the 1980s. This case is currently pending. Four more lawsuits have since been filed.

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  • The Democrat and Chronicle prices are: $2.50 daily, $3 Sunday and $5 Thanksgiving Day. May be higher outside Monroe & adjacent counties.
  • The rates for print advertising vary based on seasonality, frequency, and size.
  • The rates for digital advertising vary, depending on the type of ad and reach of the campaign.[9]


  1. ^ "Yahoo Finance - America's 100 Largest Newspapers". 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  2. ^ "The newspaper". Retrieved 2006-12-03.
  3. ^ "About Gannett: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle". Gannett Co., Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2006-10-26.
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  6. ^ "Ranking of newspapers’ market penetration indicates the market matters as well as the content" Archived 2011-04-08 at the Wayback Machine - Poynter Institute
  7. ^ "Earl Caldwell, once a local watchdog". Archived from the original on 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
  8. ^ Pablo, Manriquez. "7 Young Latinos In Online Media To Watch In 2012". List of Influencers. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
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