Tribune Company

Chicago, IL
CEO
Samuel Zell, Chairman
Ticker
Web
www.tribune.com

The Tribune Company was founded in 1847 with the launch of the Chicago Tribune. It expanded into television in 1948 when it established WGN-TV in Chicago.

The company went public in an initial offering in 1983. In 2000, it bought the Times Mirror Company. At the end of 2007, the Tribune company was taken private in a deal engineered by Chicago real estate mogul Sam Zell that made the company one of the nation’s largest employee-owned businesses.

The weight of the debt taken on to complete the transaction soon caught up with it, though. It sold Newsday to Cablevision in 2008 and later that year filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy proceedings have continued into the spring of 2011. In 2009, it sold the Chicago Cubs baseball team and Wrigley Field.

In addition to its eight daily newspapers, the Tribune Company also owns a free daily that is distributed in Chicago, as well as three Spanish-language newspapers and Chicago magazine.

Below is a count of the company’s news outlets by media sector.

Media Properties

Sector: Newspapers

  • COURANT - Hartford, CT
  • Daily Pilot - Costa Mesa, CA
  • DAILY PRESS - Newport News, VA
  • El Sentinel - Orlando, FL
  • El Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Hoy Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • Hoy Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
  • MORNING CALL - Allentown, PA
  • SENTINEL - Orlando, FL
  • SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • SUN - Baltimore, MD
  • TIMES - Los Angeles, CA
  • TRIBUNE - Chicago, IL

Sector: Online

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com - Chicago, IL
  • http://www.latimes.com - Los Angeles, CA

Sector: Local TV

  • KCPQ - Tacoma,WA
  • KDAF - Dallas,TX
  • KIAH - Houston,TX
  • KPLR-TV - St Louis,MO
  • KRCW-TV - Salem,OR
  • KSWB-TV - San Diego,CA
  • KTLA - Los Angeles,CA
  • KTXL - Sacramento,CA
  • KWGN-TV - Denver,CO
  • KZJO - Seattle,WA
  • WCCT-TV - Waterbury,CT
  • WDCW - Washington,DC
  • WGN-TV - Chicago,IL
  • WGNO - New Orleans,LA
  • WNOL-TV - New Orleans,LA
  • WPHL-TV - Philadelphia,PA
  • WPIX - New York,NY
  • WPMT - York,PA
  • WSFL-TV - Miami,FL
  • WTIC-TV - Hartford,CT
  • WTTV - Bloomington,IN
  • WXIN - Indianapolis,IN
  • WXMI - Grand Rapids,MI