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The Daily Pennsylvanian (The DP) is the award-winning independent daily student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Daily Pennsylvanian
Cover of The Daily Pennsylvanian (February 8, 2017), highlighting Joe Biden's new job at The University of Pennsylvania.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc.
PresidentJulia Schorr
Editor-in-chiefSarah Fortinsky
News editorMadeleine Ngo
Opinion editorIsabella Simonetti
Sports editorTheodoros Papazekos
FoundedDecember 15, 1885; 133 years ago (1885-12-15) (as The Pennsylvanian)
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Free online
34th Street Magazine
Cover of 34st Magazine (Week of March 21, 2016) investigating the use of Adderall as a study drug.
TypeWeekly magazine
Owner(s)The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc.
Editor-in-chiefAnnabelle Williams
Founded1968; 51 years ago (1968)
Free online
Under the Button
Under The Button's Website
OwnerThe Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc.
EditorElizabeth Beugg
Launched2008; 11 years ago (2008)

It is published in print two days per week when the university is in session, by a staff of more than 250 students. Content is also published online on a daily basis. The DP also publishes a weekly arts and entertainment magazine called 34th Street Magazine. After the spring semester of 2018, The Weekly Pennsylvanian, a print publication sent to parents and alumni, ended. In its place, the DP now publishes a weekly newsletter called "The Weekly Roundup," which is content curated for parents and alumni. The DP operates three principal websites—,, and—as well as a variety of opinion, news, and sports blogs.


The Daily Pennsylvanian was founded in 1885 as a successor to the University Magazine, a publication by the Philomathean Society.[1] The newspaper has been published daily since 1894, except for a hiatus from May 1943 to November 1945 on account of World War II. The DP broke away from the university in 1962 to become an independent publication, incorporating in 1984 to solidify its financial and editorial independence from the university.[2] Also in 1962 the previously all-male daily began to accept female students. Among the early few women were Mary Selman Hadar, formerly an editor at The Washington Post; Clara Bargellini, today a professor of art at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; and Susan Nagler Perloff, a Philadelphia freelance writer. Today the newspaper's budget is funded primarily through the sale of advertising by a student business staff.


The DP is sometimes called Penn's "unofficial journalism department,"[3] because the university has no journalism department (though it does have the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication), and because many of its staff members go on to pursue careers in the print, broadcast, and electronic media. DP alumni can be found at a number of major daily newspapers and national magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, and Business Week.


The Daily Pennsylvanian has won many of the most prestigious awards in college journalism. In 2008, the newspaper was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists' National Mark of Excellence Award. In the same year, the paper won the Spring 2008 Columbia Gold Crown, awarded to only eight college newspapers nationwide, an award it had won many times before. It also received first place in the Associated Collegiate Press's Kansas City Convention Best of Show Competition in 2008. In 2004, the DP won the Pacemaker, awarded by the Associated Collegiate Press and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, for a fourth consecutive year. It also won the award in 1990, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2017, and most recently in 2018.[4] Several of its staff members win Gold Circles from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association every year. It was also ranked as the "most read" college newspaper by The Princeton Review in 1990, 1997, 1998, and 2001. In 2006, College Publisher awarded the DP first place in the category of Best Online Sports Coverage and, in 2008, it was awarded an online Gold Crown for

Notable former staff membersEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2015-04-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "About". The Daily Pennsylvanian. 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  3. ^ Safvi, Shawn (2007-01-16). "Shawn Safvi | To our readers". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  4. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  5. ^ "George Wharton Pepper (1867-1961)". University of Pennsylvania University Archives. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  6. ^ "Guide, Josiah H. Penniman Papers". University of Pennsylvania University Archives. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  7. ^ "Josiah C. McCracken (1876-1957), University of Pennsylvania University Archives". 1962-02-15. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  8. ^ "Wilson Thomas Hobson Jr. (1902-1975), University of Pennsylvania University Archives". Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  9. ^ a b "Ex D.P. editor appointed "Playboy" General Manager" (Scanned Archive). The Daily Pennsylvanian (Vol. LXXXIII No. 34). Philadelphia, PA. 1962-09-19. p. 1.
  10. ^ Michael Carlson, The Independent, September 17, 2012, Gaeton Fonzi: Journalist who investigated the assassination of John F Kennedy
  11. ^ Zhang, Yawei (2008-01-09). Encyclopedia of Global Health. SAGE. ISBN 9781412941860.
  12. ^ "Ron Perelman Sues Family of Ex-Wife Claudia Cohen". Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  13. ^ "09/05/06, Deaths - Almanac, Vol. 53, No. 2". Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  14. ^ "Gazette | Feature: Arnold Eisen's Moment". Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  15. ^ "Benjamin L. Ginsberg". Patton Boggs. Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  16. ^ McIlvain, Josh (2008-12-25). "Pulitzer Prize 'like winning Super Bowl'". Chestnut Hill Local. Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  17. ^ "Oh, Four Oh Four" (PDF). Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 2013-10-03.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Gazette v Alumni: Notes". Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  19. ^ "Gazette | Alumni: Profiles". Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  20. ^ "The Dallas Morning News Hires Veteran Watchdog Consumer Columnist Dave Lieber". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  21. ^ Ian Wenik (2012-10-25). "Q&A with Ken Rosenthal". The Daily Pennsylvanian. The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Line Drives and Bow Ties". The Pennsylvania Gazette. The University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Making News". Wharton Magazine. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-03.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ "The Pennsylvania Gazette: Harold E. Ford Jr". Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  25. ^ Shafer, Jack. "The trial of Stephen Glass". Reuters Blogs. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  26. ^ "Josh Tyrangiel Names Editor of Business Week". Media Decoder. Retrieved 2013-10-03.

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