The Daily News Tribune

The Daily News Tribune
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
PublisherKirk A. Davis
Editor-in-chiefRichard K. Lodge
EditorBrad Spiegel
Founded1863, as Waltham News Tribune
Ceased publicationAugust 31, 2010
Headquarters738A Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
 United States
Circulation4,931 daily in 2007[1]

The Daily News Tribune (formerly called the News-Tribune and the Waltham Evening News) was an afternoon daily newspaper in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States, covering that city and the neighboring city of Newton.

In its last years, the Tribune was managed and printed by The MetroWest Daily News, and owned by Community Newspaper Company, a division of GateHouse Media. In 2010, the Tribune printed its last daily edition, and was replaced by a weekly newspaper called the Waltham News Tribune. It no longer covers Newton.


By 1980, the News-Tribune was part of a five-paper chain, Transcript Newspapers Inc., that included the Daily Transcript of Dedham and three weekly newspapers in West Roxbury-Roslindale (neighborhoods of Boston), Newton and Needham (suburbs west of Boston).[2]

Between August 1984 and March 1986, the company was sold four times: to Gillett Communications in 1984; then to Thomson Newspapers that December; in April 1985 to William Dean Singleton (head of MediaNews Group)[3] -- and eventually, in 1986, to Harte-Hanks, which combined it with the Middlesex News to form News-Transcript Group.[4]

News-Transcript, a chain of three dailies and several weekly newspapers stretching from Boston west to Framingham, Massachusetts, remained a Harte-Hanks property until 1994, when the company continued its divestment of print properties by selling the Massachusetts papers to Fidelity Investments' Community Newspaper Company, already the publisher of dozens of weeklies in the Boston suburbs.[5]

A 1999 fire destroyed the News-Tribune office at 99 Moody Street, Waltham, but the paper continued to publish, initially settling in CNC's Needham headquarters before returning to a new office in Waltham.[6]

CNC changed the newspaper's name, in 1999, to The Daily News Tribune, to emphasize the paper's connections its sister papers.

In 2000, Fidelity sold CNC to the publisher of the Boston Herald.[7] The new owner instituted a content-sharing arrangement between CNC and the Herald, resulting in a regular stream of Daily News stories appearing in the Boston newspaper.

That arrangement continued for a time after the Herald sold CNC to Liberty Group Publishing (later renamed GateHouse Media) in 2006.[8]

After converting The Daily News Transcript to a weekly newspaper in 2009, GateHouse made a similar move with its Waltham property in August 2010, adopting a semiweekly printing schedule for the renamed Waltham News Tribune, and focusing that paper's coverage on its home city. GateHouse continued to cover Newton via the Newton Tab, a weekly newspaper that CNC had owned since 1992.[9]

One year later, in July 2011, the Waltham News Tribune printed its final Tuesday edition, converting to once-a-week publication on Fridays.[10]


  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations "e-Circ" data for six months ending March 31, 2007.
  2. ^ "Employees Fired in Newspaper Strike". The Boston Globe. July 26, 1980. p. 1.
  3. ^ Fox, Wendy (April 23, 1985). "Transcript Newspapers Sold for Third Time in 8 Months". The Boston Globe. p. 32.
  4. ^ Adams, Jane Meredith (March 14, 1986). "Harte-Hanks Acquires Transcript Group". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ Ackerman, Jerry (November 23, 1994). "Fidelity Unit Buys 14 Newspapers". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ Cavaan, Azell Murphy (February 21, 1999). "Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Waltham Newspaper's Offices". Boston Herald. Boston, Mass. p. 7.
  7. ^ Jurkowitz, Mark (September 29, 2000). "Boston Herald to Buy Community Newspapers". The Boston Globe. p. A1.
  8. ^ Gatlin, Greg (May 6, 2006). "Herald to Sell Suburban Papers". Boston Herald. Boston, Mass.
  9. ^ McKee, Megan (July 8, 2010). "Waltham Daily News Tribune Switching to Twice-Weekly Format". Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  10. ^ Grannan-Doll, Ryan (July 8, 2011). "Waltham News Tribune Cutting Back To Weekly Publication". Waltham, Mass. Retrieved February 10, 2012.

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