|Founded||May 2, 1885(as Billings Daily Gazette)|
|Headquarters||401 North Broadway Avenue|
Billings, Montana 59101
The Billings Gazette is a daily newspaper based in Billings, Montana that primarily covers issues in southeast Montana and parts of northern Wyoming. Historically it has been known as the largest newspaper in Montana and is geographically one of the most widely distributed newspapers in the nation.
The Gazette employs a newsroom staff of roughly 20 reporters, editors and photographers combined. The paper frequently exchanges content with its four sister papers in the state — the Missoulian, the Helena Independent Record, The Montana Standard and the Ravalli Republic — all of which, along with the Gazette, are owned by Lee Enterprises. Lee announced a Montana State News Bureau near the end of 2020 that serves the Gazette and its sister papers.
In 2013, circulation of the print edition was around 39,405 copies, and that number increased to more than 44,000 on Sundays. The Gazette website, billingsgazette.com, receives over 10 million page views per month.
The Gazette has been located in its 94,000 sq ft facility at 401 N. Broadway in Billings since July 20, 1968. On September 15, 2021, it was announced that the Gazette's downtown headquarters would be listed for sale, as most of the building was by then vacant as a result of a rapidly shrinking staff.
In May 2020, non-managerial employees at the paper, including reporters, copy-editors and photographers, announced the formation of the Montana News Guild, and in July of that year they unanimously voted to unionize. Their first contract was ratified in November, making the Gazette the only unionized newspaper in the state of Montana.
The press runs from around 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. daily and prints approximately 45,000 copies of the Billings Gazette; as of 2013[update], non‑Sunday circulation was 39,405, the highest in Montana; on Sunday, the press runs from around 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. and 44,937 copies are printed.