The Boston Globe

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The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper founded and based in Boston, Massachusetts. The newspaper has won a total of 27 Pulitzer Prizes.[4]

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The Boston Globe
The April 18, 2011 front page
of The Boston Globe
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
PublisherJohn W. Henry
EditorNancy Barnes
Opinion editorJames Dao
FoundedMarch 4, 1872; 151 years ago (1872-03-04)[1]
HeadquartersExchange Place,
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
CountryUnited States
Circulation68,806 Average print circulation[2] 226,000 digital subscribers.[3]
OCLC number66652431

Its reported daily circulation had fallen to under 69,000 copies per day as of June 2022.[5] It reported 300,000 print and digital subscribers in 2017. The Boston Globe is the oldest and largest daily newspaper in Boston.[6]

Founded in 1872, the paper was mainly controlled by Irish Catholic interests before being sold to Charles H. Taylor and his family. After being privately held until 1973, it was sold to The New York Times in 1993 for $1.1 billion, making it one of the most expensive print purchases in U.S. history.[7] The newspaper was purchased in 2013 by Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. owner John W. Henry for $70 million from The New York Times Company, having lost over 90% of its value in 20 years.

The newspaper has been noted as "one of the nation's most prestigious papers."[7] In 1967, The Boston Globe became the first major paper in the U.S. to come out against the Vietnam War.[8] The paper's 2002 coverage of the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal received international media attention and served as the basis for the 2015 American drama film Spotlight.[6]

The editor of The Boston Globe is Nancy Barnes, who took the helm in February 2023.[9][10]

The chief print rival of The Boston Globe is the Boston Herald, which has a smaller circulation that is declining more rapidly.[11]