20 years ago: A long strike left one major newspaper standing
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This is a day worth celebrating. It was 20 years ago today -- Jan. 18, 1993 -- that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette resumed publication after a bruising eight-month strike.
The walkout by the Teamsters was not against us, but The Pittsburgh Press, the afternoon newspaper which at that time printed the Post-Gazette. With the Press's means of production shut down, there was no way to produce the Post-Gazette either.
All that is history now. The Post-Gazette is today Western Pennsylvania's premier news organization. Under owner and publisher Paul Block, the Post-Gazette printed its inaugural edition on Aug, 2, 1927. After 14 years of his leadership, co-publishers William Block Sr. and Paul Block Jr. took the reins and maintained the standard of journalistic excellence for nearly five decades before turning over the newspaper to today's generation.
The Post-Gazette is a major part of the Pittsburgh region and has been integral to its growth and development for nearly 86 years. Our work has been honored several times with the Pulitzer Prize and many other national, state and regional awards.
The greatest prize for us and our employees, though, is to continue being our readers' prime source of news and information. Today the Post-Gazette has the largest audience of any news organization in Western Pennsylvania. So, on the 20th anniversary of our return, it's not only good to be back but worth looking forward to our long future ahead. We embrace each day and the news it brings.
First Published January 18, 2013 12:00 am