The Daily News is a newspaper in New York City that was once the United States’ most widely circulated morning tabloid. It was founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News and later changed its name to the Daily News. It is a subsidiary of the Tribune Company, and was primarily known for its sensational coverage of crime and scandal. Large and prominent photographs, comics and entertainment features characterized the Daily News as well as its sports section and classified ads.
It is considered the first successful U.S. tabloid and reached its peak circulation in 1947, 2.4 million copies per day. Today it remains a popular paper, although its circulation is considerably lower than its mid-20th-century peak.
In the 1920s, the Daily News focused on political wrongdoing and social intrigue. Its subject matter included political corruption, the Teapot Dome Scandal and the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII. The News also emphasized photography, and was an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service.
Since 1929, the Daily News has been based at 220 East 42nd Street, a building that is an official city landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. In the mid-1990s it moved to 450 West 33rd Street, which is the site of WPIX-TV, which it owns and operates as an affiliate of the Chicago-based Fox network. The newspaper also maintains local bureaus in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
The Daily News also published a Saturday supplement called the Weekly News, a magazine, and several special issues. In the 2020-21 academic year, it published special issues celebrating Indigenous, Black, Asian American and Latinx communities.