Founded March 30, 1815, by John Saxton, it started as a weekly called The Ohio Repository, and began publishing seven days a week in 1892. Historically, it had strong Republican connections, most notably with President William McKinley, who was married to the granddaughter of the paper's founder. The paper would change from The Ohio Repository to The Canton Repository to the current The Repository.
Brush-Moore Newspapers purchased the paper in 1927; Thomson Newspapers purchased Brush-Moore in 1967. Copley Press bought the paper in 2000 when Thomson decided to leave the newspaper business. It was acquired in April 2007 by GateHouse Media.
The paper has a staff of about 300.
The Repository is related to three other Northeast Ohio newspapers, the dailies The Independent of Massillon and The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia, and the weekly The Suburbanite in southern Summit County.
The Repository's sister publications include:
- The Independent
- Friday Night Ohio
- The Times-Reporter
- Bark Stark
- Calendar of Ohio
- The Suburbanite