Traverse City Record-Eagle
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherPaul J. Heidbreder
EditorRebecca Pierce
Founded1858 as the Grand Traverse Herald[1]
Headquarters120 West Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49685, United States
Circulation17,209 Daily
21,846 Sunday (as of 2022)[2]

The Traverse City Record-Eagle is a daily morning newspaper based in Traverse City, Michigan. It calls itself "Northern Michigan's Newspaper" [3] and is the newspaper of record for Grand Traverse County.


The newspaper was owned by Dow Jones & Company, also publishers of the Wall Street Journal. On August 28, 2006, Dow Jones announced they were putting the Record-Eagle up for sale, and the paper eventually was purchased by CNHI.

The circulation area of the Record-Eagle covers much of northern Michigan, with a particular emphasis on counties adjacent to Greater Traverse City. In all it services 13 counties -- namely Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Otsego and Wexford counties, and limited portions of neighboring counties -- in the northwest lower peninsula.[1]

Associated publications of The Record-Eagle include: community weekly North Coast; the monthly tabloid Grand Traverse Scene; a monthly real estate guide; and specialty sections throughout the year.[1]

While the economy of Michigan as a whole has been characterized as stagnant or declining, the Traverse City area demonstrated significant population growth in the 2000s.

The Traverse City area's economy centers on four-season recreation, retirement living, tourism, higher education, and Native American gaming, and the newspaper covers these concerns. Their editorial board often writes aggressively on environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on the ecology of the Great Lakes, anti-development in the region and liberal political issues.

In October 2005, the Michigan Press Association named the Record-Eagle the "Newspaper of the Year" for newspapers with daily circulations between 15,001 and 40,000. In 2005, the Record-Eagle told the Media Management Center (Northwestern University) that its daily circulation was 29,341. [4]

In 2006, Suburban Newspapers of America named the Record-Eagle's flagship Web site,, the Best Community News Site in its class (newspapers with circulation under 40,000), and also awarded the site Best Site Architecture and Design.


  1. ^ a b c Traverse City Record-Eagle About Us. Archived 2010-10-10 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  2. ^ "2022-2023 Michigan Press Association Member Directory". Michigan Press Association. 2022-02-01. Retrieved 2023-04-22.
  3. ^ Record-Eagle home page.
  4. ^ Readership Institute | Readership | Traverse City Record-Eagle (MI)