Scripps League Newspapers, Inc. was a newspaper publishing company in the United States founded by Josephine Scripps in 1921 and managed beginning in 1931 by her son Ed Scripps (1909-1997).[1] Based in Herndon, Virginia, the chain was separate from the larger E. W. Scripps Company begun by Ed's grandfather, Edward Willis Scripps.[2]

The chain eventually grew to 51 small newspapers[1] including The Daily Herald of Provo, Utah; Napa Valley Register of Napa, Calif.; Newport Daily Express of Newport, Vt., The Hanford Sentinel of Hanford, Calif., Arizona Daily Sun of Flagstaff, Ariz.,[1] and Haverhill Gazette in Massachusetts.[3]

Pulitzer Publishing Company bought Scripps League for about $230 million in 1996.[3] In 2005, Lee Enterprises bought the Pulitzer newspaper division.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Edward Scripps, 88, Who Built A Chain of Mostly Small Papers". New York Times. September 13, 1997. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Pulitzer Acquires Scripps League". New York Times. July 5, 1996. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Pulitzer to Purchase Scripps Newspapers". Los Angeles Times. May 7, 1996. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  4. ^ Lee Enterprises. "History of Lee". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.