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Reno Gazette-Journal
955 Kuenzli St., Reno, NV 89502-2000
(775) 788-6200

President and Publisher: Fred Hamilton
Editor: Tonia Cunning
Founded: 1870
Joined Gannett: 1977
Employees: 400
Circulation: 66,681 daily; 84,048 Sunday

The Reno Gazette-Journal was founded on Nov. 23, 1870 as a weekly called the Nevada State Journal. The first Reno Evening Gazette was published on Oct. 12, 1876, and served as "Nevada's daily gem" for the next 107 years. Gannett merged with Speidel, which included the two newspapers, in 1977, and merged the two newspapers into the Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 1, 1983. Noteworthy honors include covering the Olympics in nearby Squaw Valley in 1960, and a Pulitzer Prize in 1976. In the newspaper's lifetime it has never missed an issue, despite the challenges of a plant fire, power failure and press breakdown; surviving 20 ownership changes; 11 moves to new printing sites; a strike in 1959; and seven 20th century floods, the latest occurring in 1997.

About Reno:
Named the "Biggest Little City" in a radio contest in 1928 by Nevada's first radio station, Reno has experienced a pattern of steady growth over the past 18 years ranging from 2.5 percent to 6 percent per year in the 1990s. The area has responded to this steady population expansion with more housing, cultural opportunities and tremendous retail growth.

The Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area was ranked No. 1 in 1998 by Rand McNally for outdoor recreation. All of these factors helped Reno earn the honor of being ranked ninth in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live in America" in 1998 in the medium-size city category. The spotlight is on Reno, with other distinctions including acting as the host city for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1998, earning national recognition for the annual Uptown Downtown ARTown celebration and Hot August Nights event, National Championship Air Races, as well as hosting three national bowling tournaments over the past four years.

Metro population: 270,118
Median family household income: $42,346
Median age: 35.5
Largest employers: Washoe County School District, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno Hilton, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Washoe County, Eldorado Hotel-Casino, Washoe Medical Center, Inc.
Key colleges: University of Nevada, Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College