Poughkeepsie Journal
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Historic headquarters in downtown Poughkeepsie
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherJim Fogler
EditorStu Shinske
Headquarters85 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie 12601
Circulation103,339 Daily
109,927 Sunday
(March 2014)[1]

The Poughkeepsie Journal is a newspaper based in Poughkeepsie, New York, and owned by Gannett, which bought the paper in 1977. Founded in 1785 (though not a daily newspaper until 1860), the Journal is the oldest paper in New York state, and is the second-oldest in the nation. The Journal's primary coverage area is Dutchess County, though the entire Mid-Hudson Valley is covered in some form, along with some coverage of points south via the White Plains–based Journal News.

Throughout its existence, the Journal has been a paper of historical significance given the various events in the Poughkeepsie area. For example, in 1788, the editor of the Journal was the official reporter of the ratification of the United States Constitution by New York in that year (the event itself occurring in Poughkeepsie, which was the state capital at the time). The paper also served as a launching point of stories during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration when the President was at his estate in nearby Hyde Park. In the book My Side of the Mountain, the Journal was mentioned under its name at the time, the Poughkeepsie New Yorker.

The Journal's main office is a fieldstone Colonial Revival building on Civic Center Plaza, the north end of Market Street in downtown Poughkeepsie. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Though the Journal has been published for over 220 years, it has not published under the Journal nameplate for the whole of its existence. The evolution of the names of the paper is as follows.[2]

1840: Poughkeepsie Journal merges with Poughkeepsie Eagle
1880: Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle merges with The Poughkeepsie News
1960: Poughkeepsie New Yorker returns to the "Journal" name to commemorate the paper's 175th anniversary.


  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "VCL | Research Help | Newspapers in Microform: Microfilm, Microcard, or Microfiche". Archived from the original on 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2006-11-30.