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The Pittsburgh Courier was a newspaper for African-Americans. It has since been renamed the New Pittsburgh Courier. At its height in the 1930s, it had a national circulation of almost 200,000. Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ...


The Courier was acquired in 1966 by John H. Sengstacke and reorganized as the New Pittsburgh Courier; thus becoming part of Sengstacke Newspapers (now Real Times LLC) – the largest and most influential Black newspaper chain in the country – which also includes the Chicago Daily Defender, Michigan Chronicle, Michigan Front Page and (Memphis) Tri-State Defender.


Today the New Pittsburgh Courier is leaner, more sophisticated, and more localized in its thrust. But it still offers an authoritative, responsible voice to Black audiences in western Pennsylvania and across the country.


The New Pittsburgh Courier is one of the oldest and most prestigious Black newspapers in the United States, with a rich and storied history. Established in 1907 by Edwin Harleston, a guard in the H. J. Heinz food-packing plant, the Pittsburgh Courier gained national prominence after attorney Robert Lee Vann became the newspaper’s editor and publisher, treasurer, and legal counsel in 1910. In his lifetime, Vann saw the Courier grow to become the largest, most influential Black newspaper in the nation with a circulation of 250,000 and over 400 employees in 14 cities.


In 1966 John H. Sengstacke purchased the newspaper and renamed it the New Pittsburgh Courier. It became part of Sengstacke Newspapers (now Real Times, LLC) - the largest and most influential Black newspaper chain in the country - which also includes the Chicago Daily Defender, Michigan Chronicle, Michigan Front Page and (Memphis) Tri-State Defender. Today the New Pittsburgh Courier continues to serve as a vehicle for Black expression, publishing an award-winning local edition every Wednesday serving southwestern PA. Rod Doss is the Editor and Publisher. Stephen Broadus is the Assistant to the Publisher. Allison Palm is the Administrative Assistant. Eric Gaines is the Advertising Sales Manager. Joan Alli is the Senior Classified Sales Representative. Kathleen Neely is the Classified Sales Representative and Advertising Coordinator. C. Denise Johnson is the Associate Editor. Staff Writers and Chris Morrow and Deborah M. Todd. Debbie Norrell is the Life Styles Editor and Ashley G. Woodson of Brotha Ash Productions is the Writer and Photographer for the Out and About Section of the newspaper.


Reference

  • 'The Pittsburgh Courier', The Black Press (PBS, 2004). Retrieved July 24 2005.

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