The Repository was founded March 30, 1815, by John Saxton. It was a weekly
newspaper, called the Ohio Repository. It became a daily newspaper Feb. 23,
1878. The first Sunday Repository was printed July 31, 1892.
The Repository has been the starting place for several notable journalists,
including former ABC TV correspondent and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
John Scali, and Joseph Medill, former editor and publisher of The Chicago
Tribune and the man generally credited with naming the Republican Party.
The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University carries his name.
The Repository was the first news medium in U.S. history to play a nationwide
role in a presidential election campaign. William McKinley, who was married
to the granddaughter of the founder of The Repository, conducted his "Front
Porch Campaign" for the presidency by literally giving speeches from
the front porch of his home on Market Avenue North. The speeches were set
in type at the Repository in special election issues. Those newspapers were
sent cross-country by train and distributed to party faithful, who read them
aloud at political gatherings.
The publisher of The Repository is Kevin Kampman. The executive
editor is Jeff Gauger and the editorial page editor is Gayle
Beck. The advertising director is Kim Bergman; circulation
director is James Porter; finance director is Darryl Hudson;
director of operations is Kevin Ackerman; marketing director
is Margie Centrone, and human resources director is John