We at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette do more than cover history in the making. Sometimes we make history, too.
The newspaper now known as the Post-Gazette was a pioneer broadsheet whose earliest editions appeared before the election of George Washington. In June 1789 we printed the proposed Bill of Rights, whose First Amendment has fired our ambitions ever since.
This month the modern Post-Gazette, now a multi-media news operation, takes an important step, opening a new plant with the most modern printing in the world. This new facility will produce a Post-Gazette that is more readable than ever, preserving all the features our readers enjoy in a more convenient, more colorful format.
The new Post-Gazette will have a separate Business section most days, color comics, and a colorful television grid. But most of all it is a symbol that a Pittsburgh institution that has chronicled change can itself change. Indeed, the Post-Gazette, the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies, is the oldest continuing commercial entity in Pittsburgh. As we plan the new Post-Gazette we are reprinting a parade of nameplates from our past. These are a reminder to us, and to our readers, that our paper is Pittsburgh’s history, and that a storied past is but a prelude to an even greater future.
John Robinson Block
Publisher and editor-in-chief
David M. Shribman
Executive editor and vice-president
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