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San Jose Mercury News

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The San Jose Mercury News is the major newspaper in San Jose, California and the Silicon Valley. The paper is owned by Knight Ridder. Its sprawling headquarters and printing plant are located in North San Jose next to the Nimitz Freeway.

In the late 1990s, as Silicon Valley and the Mercury News soared in national prominence, KR moved its headquarters from Miami to an office tower in downtown San Jose to be closer to its rising star. The paper has a daily circulation of 274,000, with a Sunday circulation of 303,000.



The San Jose Mercury was founded in 1851 as the San Jose Weekly Visitor, while the San Jose News was founded in 1883. In 1942 the Mercury purchased the News and continued publishing both newspapers, the Mercury as a morning paper and the News as the evening paper. In 1983 the papers were merged into the San Jose Mercury News and published only as a morning paper.

The name "Mercury" refers to the importance of the mercury industry during the California Gold Rush, when the city's New Almaden Mines were the largest producer of mercury in North America.

Because of its location in Silicon Valley, the Mercury News has covered many of the key events in the history of computing.

It has also had its share of contreversy, such as Gary Webb's stories linking the CIA and the crack cocaine epidemic.


The newspaper has earned several awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, one in 1986 for reporting regarding political corruption in the Ferdinand Marcos administration in the Philippines, and one in 1989 for their comprehensive coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake.


Much of the paper's local coverage is concentrated on Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, the southern portion of the East Bay, and Santa Cruz; it is therefore most widely available in those areas as well as San Francisco. However, because Knight Ridder also owns the Contra Costa Times and the Monterey Herald, the Mercury News has not expanded its distribution or coverage in those areas.

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This page was last modified 17:08, 20 April 2006 by dKosopedia user Corncam. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat and Lestatdelc. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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