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The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Capital-Journal
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Morris Communications
Publisher Mark E. Nusbaum
Editor Pete Goering
Founded 1858
Headquarters 616 SE Jefferson
Topeka, Kansas 66607
Official website Capital-Journal

The Topeka Capital-Journal is a daily newspaper in Topeka, Kansas owned by Morris Communications. It has won one Pulitzer Prize.


The paper was formed following a series of mergers including the eventual merger of the Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka State Journal and numerous name changes:

  • 1858: Kansas State Record starts publishing
  • 1873: Topeka Blade founded by J. Clarke Swayze
  • 1879: George W. Reed buys the Blade and changes it name to Kansas State Journal.
  • 1879: Topeka Daily Capital founded by Major J.K. Hudson as an evening paper but changes to morning in 1881. Its press is claimed to be the first electric motor press in the United States
  • 1885: Frank P. MacLennan buys Journal and renames it Topeka State Journal
  • 1888: Capital absorbs the Commonwealth which had earlier bought the Kansas State Record
  • 1899: Frederick Oliver Popenoe buys a 51 percent controlling interest in the Capital.
  • 1900: Charles M. Sheldon, saying that "newspapers should be operated as Christ would operate them," sends the Capital circulation skyrocketing from 12,000 to 387,000 forcing it to print papers in New York and Chicago
  • 1901: Arthur Capper buys Capital and become sole owner in 1904
  • 1940: Oscar S. Stauffer buys the Journal
  • 1951: Capper dies and the Capital become employee owned
  • 1956: Stauffer Publications buys Capper Publications including the Capital
  • 1962: Former MacLennan home Cedar Crest becomes the Kansas Governor's Mansion
  • 1973: Brian Lanker wins 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography
  • 1975: Susan Ford, daughter of Gerald Ford, and Chris Johns (future photo editor of National Geographic magazine) intern at paper during the summer[1]
  • 1981: Stauffer merges the papers into The Capital-Journal distributed in the morning
  • 1982: Oscar S. Stauffer dies at 95
  • 1994: Stauffer Communications sells the paper along with 19 other daily newspapers, eight weeklies, seven television stations and four radio stations to Morris Communications[2]


External links

  • Official website
  • Official mobile website

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