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The Vindicator, also known at times as the Youngstown Vindicator,[1] is a daily newspaper serving Youngstown, Ohio, United States and the Mahoning County region as well as southern Trumbull County and northern Columbiana County. The Vindicator was established in 1869. It is owned by the Maag family (longtime area residents) and is run by the Vindicator Printing Company, which also runs local NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV and WFMJ's digital subchannel, CW affiliate WBCB.

The Youngstown Vindicator
Vindicator logo.gif
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The Vindicator Printing Co.
EditorTodd Franko, Editor
Ceased publicationAugust 31, 2019
HeadquartersYoungstown, Ohio, United States

Its primary competitor is the Tribune Chronicle in nearby Warren, Ohio, though their news has more of a slant towards the Trumbull County and parts of northeastern Portage County areas as opposed to the more broad Vindicator.

On June 28, 2019, it was announced that The Vindicator will cease publication on August 31, 2019.[2][3]



Monday through Saturday, the newspaper publishes three sections:

  • Local and national news as well as editorial (Section A)
  • Sports and weather (Section B)
  • Classifieds, Valley Life and comics (Section C)

Each Thursday, The Vindicator prints Valley 24, a tabloid style entertainment guide for the coming weekend. On Saturdays, a TV listings magazine is included. The Sunday edition is, like most other newspapers, greatly expanded. Each Sunday, The Vindicator publishes a page entitled "Connected" which includes curated, Youngstown-themed social media posts and a column written by social media researcher and critic Adam Earnheardt. In addition to the sections mentioned, there is also sections dedicated to business, entertainment, life and work, and health, among others.


The paper began in 1869 when it launched as The Mahoning Vindicator.[4]

It is notable for the first recorded advertisement for the Klondike bar (February 5, 1922).[5]


The Vindicator operates four primary websites: the news and information site; a local employment portal;, a local automotive shopping site; and, a local real estate site.

The vast majority of content available on is provided at no charge. There is, however, a "digital edition" available on the site at the same subscription rate as the printed edition. It is delivered in PDF format.

The Vindicator breaks local news on its primary website,, throughout the day and night. This feature is branded "News Watch" and is updated more frequently than the general site.

Strike actionEdit

The paper's staff has gone on strike twice. The first strike was in 1964 and lasted nearly eight months; the strikers published the Steel Valley News during this time. The second strike lasted from November 2004 to July 2005, and the strikers published their own paper, The Valley Voice, during this time.

Editorial changesEdit

Todd Franko, metro editor of The Rockford Register Star in Illinois, was named editor of The Vindicator on February 12, 2007. He succeeds Paul C. Jagnow, who retired in 2006.

New lookEdit

On March 3, 2010, a new press was installed. The Vindicator received a brand new look. The Vindicator flag is similar to the one that was used in the 1980s.[6] The previous press was used from 1972 to March 2010.[7]


  1. ^ Example of front page and masthead of the newspaper in 1945, indicating Youngstown; republished online by Google News image archives
  2. ^ Mitchell, J. Breen (June 28, 2019). "Vindicator announces it will stop production". WFMJ-TV. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Brown, Betty H.; Brown, Mark A. (June 28, 2019). "Vindicator announces it will cease publication at end of August". The Vindicator. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Grzelewski, Jordyn (June 28, 2019). "The Vindicator, Youngstown's daily newspaper, will close after 150 years".
  5. ^ Butko, Brian (2001). Klondikes, Chipped Ham, & Skyscraper Cones: The Story of Isaly's. Monroeville Library: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-2844-7.
  6. ^ Introducing The Vindicator's New look,, February 2010.
  7. ^ Introducing the new press and new paper,

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