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The Capital is a daily newspaper published in Annapolis since 1884. Its sister newspaper, The Gazette, is one of the oldest newspapers in America, its origins dating back to the early 18th century. The Capital serves the city of Annapolis, much of Anne Arundel County, and neighboring Kent Island in Queen Anne's County. An evening newspaper for most of its existence, it moved to mornings beginning on March 9, 2015.[1]

The Capital
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Baltimore Sun Media Group/Tribune Publishing
PublisherTim Thomas
EditorRick Hutzell
Sports editorDave Broughton
Photo editorJ. Henson
Founded1884; 134 years ago (1884) (as The Evening Capital)
Headquarters888 Bestgate Road, Suite 104, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Circulation30,274 daily
35,155 Sunday

The Capital, the Maryland Gazette and their sister publications have been composed and printed for more than 270 years in numerous locations in and near Annapolis.

The company has moved headquarters seven times, including from 3 Church Circle to 213 West St. in 1948, to 2000 Capital Drive in 1987, to Gibralter Road after that, and to 888 Bestgate Road in 2014.[citation needed]

The Capital was acquired by The Baltimore Sun Media Group in 2014.[2]



The newspaper was founded in 1884 as The Evening Capital. One of its sister papers is The Maryland Gazette, founded in Annapolis in 1727 by William Parks and today one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in the United States.

For much of the twentieth century, the Capital was edited by Elmer Jackson, Jr. Originally of the Hagerstown Daily Mail, Jackson was appointed editor in 1931.[3]

In 1959, it added a Saturday morning edition.[4]

In 1967, the newspaper and its sisters were sold to Phillip Merrill.[5] Jackson was replaced as editor.[6]

In 1981[citation needed], the name was shortened to The Capital.

After the 2006 suicide of then-publisher and part owner Philip Merrill, Landmark Communications took full control of The Capital's parent company, Capital Gazette Communications, LLC, which published The Capital, Maryland Gazette, Bowie Blade-News, Crofton-West County Gazette, and Capital Style Magazine.

On January 3, 2008, it was reported that the family-owned Landmark Communications, parent company of The Capital, was for sale.[7]

Its change to a seven-day-a-week morning paper was announced on February 8, 2015, and implemented on March 9.[1]

As of 2018, The Capital had a daily circulation of about 33,000.[8] The papers are printed on a computerized high-speed Goss International Headliner press.


On June 28, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at The Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, Maryland.[9] Five newspaper employees were killed: journalists Rob Hiaasen,[10] Wendi Winters,[11] Gerald Fischman,[12] and John McNamara,[13] and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.[14]


  1. ^ a b Gunn, Steve (February 8, 2015). "We'll be saying 'Hello' earlier on weekdays". The Capital. Annapolis, Maryland.
  2. ^ Marbella, Jean (May 1, 2014). "Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Elmer Jackson named editor". The Daily Mail. Hagerstown, Maryland. 6 May 1931.
  4. ^ "Evening paper will publish Sat. mornings". The Daily Mail. Hagerstown, Maryland.
  5. ^ "Elmer M. Jackson 3d Dies; Editor of Maryland Paper". The New York Times. 26 August 1972.
  6. ^ "Elmer M. Jackson Jr., editor, library board president". Baltimore Sun. 18 July 1995.
  7. ^ "Atlanta-Based Weather Channel For Sale". WSB-TV. Associated Press. January 3, 2008. Archived from the original on January 4, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2008.
  8. ^ "Annapolis Capital Gazette". Mondo Times. Mondo Times.
  9. ^ Bui, Lynh; Wiggins, Ovetta (June 28, 2018). "Active shooter reported at Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, police and staff say". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Marbella, Jean. "Capital Gazette editor Rob Hiaasen identified as victim of shooting at newspaper". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Wenger, Yvonne. "Capital Gazette shooting victim Wendi Winters: A prolific writer who chronicled her community". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Cox, Erin. "Capital Gazette shooting victim Gerald Fischman: Clever and quirky voice of a community newspaper". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  13. ^ McDaniels, Andrea K. "Capital Gazette shooting victim John McNamara: Sports reporting was his dream job". Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  14. ^ Anderson, Jessica. "Capital Gazette shooting victim Rebecca Smith: Recent hire loved spending time with family". Retrieved June 29, 2018.

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