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Former daily newspaper in Dallas, Texas
Dallas Times Herald
Front page of The Dallas Times Herald on May 22, 1921
The Dallas Times Herald, founded in 1888 by a merger of the Dallas Times and the Dallas Herald, was once one of two major daily newspapers serving the Dallas, Texas (USA) area. It won three Pulitzer Prizes, all for photography, and two George Polk Awards, for local and regional reporting. As an afternoon publication for most of its 102 years, its demise was hastened by the shift of newspaper reading habits to morning papers, the reliance on television for late-breaking news, as well as the loss of an antitrust lawsuit against crosstown rival The Dallas Morning News after the latter's parent company bought the rights to 26 United Press Syndicate features that previously had been running in the Times Herald.
MediaNews Group bought the Times Herald from the Times Mirror corporation in 1986; Times Mirror had owned the paper since 1969. MediaNews sold the paper in 1988 to a company formed by John Buzzetta, a former partner of MediaNews Group's founder, Dean Singleton.
Roy E. Bode, who previously worked as Washington Bureau Chief of the paper and later as its associate editor, became its last editor-in-chief. Despite financial pressures, the Times Herald continued to operate its own news bureaus in Washington, Austin, Houston, San Antonio and other Texas cities, and did not layoff journalists during its final years. It also produced Pulitzer finalists and won other national journalism honors.
According to Burl Osborne, the former publisher of the Morning News, the Times Herald shut down on December 8, 1991. The next day, Belo, owner of the Morning News, bought the Times Herald assets for $55 million and sold the physical equipment to a variety of buyers to disperse the assets and thus prevent any other entity from easily re-establishing a competitive newspaper in Dallas.
Microfilm copies of the Dallas Times Herald can be found in the Dallas Public Library archival collection. The collection includes December 1855 - December 1991, with a gap from January through October 1886.
Margaret Mayer, who as chief of the Dallas Times-Herald's Washington bureau became one of the first women to hold such a position. In January 1964 President Lyndon Johnson succeeded in surreptitiously shutting down Mayer's investigation into how political pressure was applied to generate advertising revenue for KTBC and KTBC-TV, which Johnson and his wife Lady Bird owned.
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