The Dayton Daily News (DDN) is a daily newspaper published in Dayton, Ohio, United States. It is a product of Cox Media Group Ohio (CMG Ohio), an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company owned by parent company Cox Enterprises, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the flagship publication of Cox Media Group Ohio.
The DDN has its headquarters at the Cox Media Group Ohio Media Center at 1611 South Main Street in Dayton, and is located near the University of Dayton campus. The newspaper’s editorial and business offices were moved there in April 2007. For more than 100 years the paper's editorial offices and printing presses were located in downtown Dayton. Since 1999, the paper has been printed at a modern facility, the Print Technology Center near Interstate 75 in Franklin about 15 minutes to the south.
CMG Ohio also publishes two other daily newspapers and websites in Southwest Ohio: Journal-News (formerly The Middletown Journal and Hamilton JournalNews) and the Springfield News-Sun. CMG Ohio also publishes weekly papers Today's Pulse and Oxford Press, and had published several other weekly papers until CMG Ohio ceased their operations in January 2013, including The Western Star (Ohio), formerly the oldest weekly paper published in the state, the Pulse-Journal (Mason-Deerfield Township and West Chester-Liberty Township editions) and the Fairfield Echo.
In late 2010, Cox Enterprises merged all of its local media holdings under the CMG Ohio brand and consolidated locations to The Media Center. In addition to its print publications, the broadcast media includes WHIO-TV, the number one CBS affiliate in the nation, 7 Weather Now, the first digital station and only local weather station in Dayton, two of the market’s top-ranked radio stations, News Talk Radio WHIO (AM) 1290/95.7FM and country-format radio station 99.1FM WHKO, and Dayton’s only classic hits station, WZLR The Eagle.
On August 15, 1898, James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Evening News. One week later, on August 22, 1898 he renamed it the Dayton Daily News.
The paper was founded with the intention of pioneering a new type of journalism, keeping weak ties to politicians and advertisers while seeking objectivity and public advocacy as primary functions. These goals pushed the paper in the direction of valuing the public interest.
A Sunday edition was launched on November 2, 1913. In 1948, Cox purchased two morning papers, The Journal and The Herald, from the Herrick-Kumler Company. The next year he combined them to form The Journal Herald.
For the next four decades, The Journal-Herald was the conservative morning paper, and the Dayton Daily News (which had a larger circulation) was the liberal evening paper. The papers operated newsrooms on separate floors of the same building in downtown Dayton. On September 15, 1986, The Journal-Herald and the Daily News were merged to become a morning paper, the Dayton Daily News and Journal-Herald, with both names appearing on the front page. The Journal-Herald name last appeared on the paper's front-page flag on December 31, 1987.
Cox was the Democratic Party's candidate for U.S. President in the election of 1920, and the city of Dayton has voted for the Democratic candidate in presidential elections since. Cox's running mate for vice president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was elected president in 1932.
The paper was led by Jeff Bruce as editor from 1998 to 2008. Bruce replaced Max Jennings, who retired. When Bruce retired in 2007 Kevin Riley, 44, a graduate of the University of Dayton, was named editor. Riley spent most of his career with the paper, starting as a copy editor and later serving as sports editor, Internet general manager, and publisher of the Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio. He was promoted from deputy editor.
In 2010, Riley was named editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and that paper's editor, Julia Wallace, under whose leadership the AJC won Pulitzer Prizes in 2006 and 2007, moved to Dayton to become Senior Vice President of news and programming for CMG Ohio heading a new combined newspaper, television and radio newsroom. She was soon after named the first female publisher. In 2011, Jana Collier was promoted from managing editor to editor-in-chief of CMG Ohio and is responsible for content and operations for all daily and weekly papers. Collier is also the first woman to be editor-in-chief of the Dayton Cox newspaper organization.
In 1998, reporters Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith won the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on dangerous flaws and mismanagement in the military health care system, a series very relevant to its readership because of the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in neighboring Greene County.
The paper is the home of cartoonist Mike Peters, who draws the Mother Goose and Grimm strip and won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1981, and columnist Dale Huffman, who had written a daily metro column every day for more than eight years before beginning a hiatus on January 30, 2008, after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
The following people at some point worked at or wrote for the Dayton Daily News:
- Erma Bombeck (at The Journal-Herald)
- Si Burick
- Ritter Collett (at The Journal-Herald)
- James M. Cox
- Bob Englehart (at The Journal-Herald)
- Clem Hamilton
- Dale Huffman
- Hal McCoy
- Jeff Nesmith
- Mike Peters
- Tom Archdeacon
- John Scalzi
- Myron Scott
- Dennis Shere
- Charley Stough III
- Dann Stupp
- Dean Rock
- Clara Weisenborn (at The Journal-Herald)