Orlando Sentinel

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Orlando Sentinel
The October 22, 2015, front page of the
Orlando Sentinel
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Tribune Publishing[1]
PublisherPaul Pham
General managerPaul Pham[2]
Headquarters633 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
Circulation151,000 Daily
258,000 Sunday[3]

The Orlando Sentinel is the primary newspaper of Orlando, Florida, and the Central Florida region, in the United States. It was founded in 1876 and is currently owned by Tribune Publishing Company.

The Orlando Sentinel is owned by parent company, Tribune Publishing. This company was acquired by Alden Global Capital, which operates its media properties through Digital First Media, in May 2021.[4][5][6][7][8]

The newspaper's website utilizes geo-blocking, making it inaccessible from European countries.[9]


The Sentinel's predecessors date to 1876, when the Orange County Reporter was first published. The Reporter became a daily newspaper in 1905, and merged with the Orlando Evening Star in 1906. Another Orlando paper, the South Florida Sentinel, started publishing as a morning daily in 1913. Then known as the Morning Sentinel, it bought the Reporter-Star in 1931, when Martin Andersen came to Orlando to manage both papers. Andersen eventually bought both papers outright in 1945, selling them to the Tribune Company of Chicago in 1965.[10]

In 1973, the two publications merged into the daily Sentinel Star. Tribune appointed Charles T. Brumback as president in 1976.[10] Harold "Tip" Lifvendahl was named president and publisher in 1981.[11] The newspaper was renamed the Orlando Sentinel in 1982. John Puerner succeeded Lifvendahl in 1993,[12] who was replaced by Kathleen M. Waltz in 2000.[13] In that same year the sentinel gained seven sister newspapers as Tribune Co. announces its merger with Times Mirror, adding the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant and three others to the Tribune Publishing operation.[14] Waltz announced her resignation in February 2008. Howard Greenberg, already publisher of fellow Tribune newspaper the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, was named publisher of both papers after Waltz left.[15]

In 2008, the Tribune Company called for a redesign of the Sentinel. The new layout, which debuted in June 2008, was formatted to appeal to busy readers, though like all of the redesigns in Tribune's Sam Zell ownership era, was reeled back into a more traditional design with appealing elements kept after reader criticism.[16][17]

In 2018, the Orlando Sentinel and its corporate siblings began blocking access to Internet users in the European Union because their websites lacked compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation act.[18][19][20][9]

According to one listing, some of the Sentinel's predecessors are:[21]

  • Orlando Reporter: 1892–1903? (merged with Evening Star to form Evening Reporter-Star)
  • Evening Star: January–December 1903? (merged with Orlando Reporter to form Evening Reporter-Star)
  • Evening Reporter-Star: 1904?–March 1947 (continues Orlando Reporter and Evening Star; continued by Orlando Evening Star)
  • Orlando Evening Star: April 1947 – 1973 (continues Evening Reporter-Star; merged with Orlando Morning Sentinel to form the Orlando Sentinel-Star)
  • Orlando Morning Sentinel: 1913–1973 (title varies: Daily Sentinel; Morning Sentinel; merged with Orlando Evening Star to form the Orlando Sentinel-Star)
  • Orlando Sentinel-Star: 1974–April 25, 1982 (continues Orlando Morning Sentinel and Orlando Evening Star; continued by Orlando Sentinel)
  • Orlando Sentinel: April 26, 1982–present (continues Orlando Sentinel-Star)

Editorial history[edit]

Editorially, the Sentinel tilted conservative. From 1952 to 2004, it endorsed Republicans in every election save for Lyndon Johnson in 1964.[22] However, it has endorsed Democratic candidates for president in four of the last five presidential elections: John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama in 2008,[23] Hillary Clinton in 2016,[24] and Joe Biden in 2020.[25]

In June 2019, the day of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign launch rally in Orlando, the Sentinel made national news when the editorial board published a piece saying it would not endorse the president, among their reasons, "the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies."[22][26][27][28] It ultimately endorsed Biden, saying that he was "many things that Trump is not now and never will be."[25]


Notable staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2016 Annual Report, Chicago, Illinois: Tronc, Inc., 2016, archived from the original on 2017-10-27, retrieved 2017-03-26[dead link]
  2. ^ Lyons, David (7 November 2020). "Paul Pham named general manager at Orlando Sentinel". orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  3. ^ "Tribune Publishing Public Filing FORM 10-12B/A" (PDF). 2014-07-21. p. 97. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  4. ^ Roeder, David (May 26, 2021). "Chicago Tribune staff gets buyout offers as Alden takes over". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  5. ^ Folkenflik, David (May 21, 2021). "'Vulture' Fund Alden Global, Known For Slashing Newsrooms, Buys Tribune Papers". NPR. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "Tribune Publishing ends discussions with Maryland hotel executive, moving forward with hedge fund Alden's bid for newspaper chain". Chicago Tribune. April 19, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Tracy, Marc (February 16, 2021). "Hedge Fund Reaches a Deal to Buy Tribune Publishing". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  8. ^ Feder, Robert (May 21, 2021). "'Sad, sobering day' for Chicago Tribune as Alden wins takeover bid". Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "We are currently unavailable from your region". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  10. ^ a b "History of the Orlando Sentinel". OrlandoSentinel.com. January 2001.
  11. ^ Rene Stutzman (July 30, 1993). "Lifvendahl To Tribune Senior Vp". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  12. ^ Rene Stutzman (October 4, 1993). "New Era At Sentinel". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Suzanne White (May 27, 2000). "Waltz Moving To Orlando Sentinel". Daily Press. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  14. ^ "The History Of the ORLANDO SENTINEL". The Orlando Sentinel. January 2004.
  15. ^ Christopher Boyd (February 15, 2008). "Orlando Sentinel's publisher resigns". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  16. ^ "Tribune's Redesign Kicks Off With Orlando Sentinel". gigaom.com. June 23, 2008.
  17. ^ "Blogs - World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA". blog.wan-ifra.org. Archived from the original on 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  18. ^ Hern, Alex; Belam, Martin (25 May 2018). "LA Times among US-based news sites blocking EU users due to GDPR". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 24, 2023. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  19. ^ Duraj, Maciej (4 June 2020). "How the Internet Is Being Restricted & Handicapped Based on Geographic Data". Medium. Archived from the original on February 9, 2023. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  20. ^ PennRobotics (16 July 2021). "It's been three years. Stop saying your European visitors are important to you". Hacker News. Archived from the original on October 2, 2022. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  21. ^ See Florida Newspapers Archived 2006-01-30 at the Wayback Machine—a list of Florida newspapers for which indexes or full-text are available at the University of Central Florida Library.
  22. ^ a b Forgey, Quint (18 June 2019). "Orlando Sentinel announces 2020 endorsement: Not Trump". Politico. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  23. ^ Bennett, Dashiell (2012-10-19). "Orlando Sentinel Backs Romney After Endorsing Obama in 2008". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  24. ^ "Orlando Sentinel endorses Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton for nominations". WGNO. 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  25. ^ a b "Joe Biden for president, because he can get us out of Trump's mess". Orlando Sentinel. August 28, 2020.
  26. ^ "Orlando Sentinel newspaper makes 'not Trump' anti-endorsement". MSNBC. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  27. ^ Klar, Rebecca (2019-06-18). "Orlando Sentinel declines to endorse Trump in 2020". The Hill. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  28. ^ Hopkins, Anna (2019-06-18). "Orlando Sentinel issues scathing op-ed announcing it won't endorse Donald Trump in 2020 election". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  29. ^ "Loeb Award winners 1958–1996". Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. April 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  30. ^ "Historical Winners List". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  31. ^ "Tribune Biography: Mike Bianchi". Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  32. ^ Gunter, Debbie (October 28, 2015). "The CP Interview with Scott Maxwell". The Community Paper. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  33. ^ "50 Most Powerful People in Orlando". Orlando Magazine. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2022-01-18.

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