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Knoxville News Sentinel
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The May 2, 2011 front page of
Knoxville News Sentinel
TypeDaily newspaper
EditorJoel Christopher
Founded1886; 136 years ago (1886) (as The Sentinel)
Headquarters2332 News Sentinel Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921
United States
Circulation119,172 Daily
150,147 Sunday [1]
OCLC number12008657

The Knoxville News Sentinel, also known as Knox News, is a daily newspaper in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, owned by the Gannett Company.


The newspaper was formed in 1926 from the merger of two competing newspapers: The Knoxville News and The Knoxville Sentinel. John Trevis Hearn began publishing The Sentinel in December 1886, while The News was started in 1921 by Robert P. Scripps and Roy W. Howard.[1] The two merged in 1926, with the first edition of The Knoxville News-Sentinel appearing on November 22 of that year. The editor from 1921 to 1931, Edward J. Meeman, later was sent to Memphis to edit the since defunct Memphis Press-Scimitar.[2]

In 1986, the News-Sentinel became a morning paper, with the other paper in Knoxville, the Knoxville Journal, becoming an evening paper. The Journal ceased publication as a daily in 1991, when the joint operating agreement between the two papers expired. In 2002, the paper dropped the hyphen from its name to become the Knoxville News Sentinel.

In April 2016, the News Sentinel announced it had become part of Gannett, as a part of the USA Today Network.[3] The News Sentinel was added to the nation's largest newspaper company with more than 200 local dailies and USA Today.


Joel Christopher, formerly of Louisville Courier Journal, was appointed the executive editor[4] at Knoxville News Sentinel in Jan. 2019.

Christopher's appointment came after the retirement of executive editor Jack McElroy [5] in early 2019. McElroy, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News[6] served the News Sentinel as its top editor for 17 years.

Frank E Rosamond Sr.[7] served as the newspaper's last president after leaving the company with McElroy in 2018.

Knox News

Knox News, the digital brand of the News Sentinel and, has won many national awards, including winning three 2008 Digital Edge Awards from the Newspaper Association of America for best overall news website, most innovative user-participation and best site design.[citation needed]

Spelling-bee sponsorships

The News Sentinel has sponsored four winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee:

See also


  1. ^ About Us. Knoxville News Sentinel.
  2. ^ "Edward John Meeman". The Tennessee Encyclopedia. January 1, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  3. ^ McElroy, Jack (April 17, 2016). ""Gannett's acquisition of Knoxville News Sentinel means new reach, resources for newsroom"". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "Joel Christopher named executive editor of Knoxville News Sentinel".
  5. ^ "News Sentinel's Jack McElroy to retire after 17 years as top editor".
  6. ^ "Jack McElroy bio".
  7. ^ Trosky, Steve (March 17, 2017). "News Sentinel names new president". Retrieved May 18, 2017.

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