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The Hill (newspaper)

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The Hill
The Hill (2020-01-15).svg
TypeDaily newspaper (when Congress is in session)
FormatCompact
Owner(s)Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications Inc
Founder(s)Jerry Finkelstein and Martin Tolchin
PublisherPeter Greenberger
EditorBob Cusack[1]
Managing editorsIan Swanson[1]
Photo editorGreg Nash
FoundedSeptember 1, 1994; 25 years ago (1994-09-01)
LanguageAmerican English
Headquarters1625 K St., NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20006 U.S.
CityWashington, D.C.
CountryUnited States
Circulation24,000 print (as of December 2012)[2][3]
ISSN1521-1568
OCLC number31153202 
Websitethehill.com

The Hill is an American news website, based in Washington, D.C. which began as a newspaper publisher in 1994.[2][4] It is owned by Capitol Hill Publishing, which is owned by News Communications, Inc.

Focusing on politics, policy, business and international relations, The Hill coverage includes the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and election campaigns.[5] On its website, The Hill describes its output as "nonpartisan reporting on the inner workings of Congress and the nexus of politics and business".[6]

History

Founding and early years

Vending box for The Hill on K Street.
Vending box for The Hill on K Street.

The paper was founded in 1994 by Democratic power broker and New York businessman Jerry Finkelstein and Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent for The New York Times.[7]

The Hill was founded in 1994 under the company News Communications, Inc.[8] Jerry Finkelstein, the former publisher of the New York Law Journal and The National Law Journal, was the primary shareholder of the company. New York Democratic Representative Gary L. Ackerman was a major shareholder of News Communications.[7]

The Hill's first editor was Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.[4] In 2003, Hugo Gurdon[2] (previously industrial editor at The Daily Telegraph and founding managing editor of the National Post) became The Hill's editor-in-chief. Gurdon turned The Hill from a weekly paper into a daily during congressional sessions.

Founder's death

In 2012, founder Jerry Finkelstein died and left the organization to his son, James "Jimmy" A. Finkelstein [2][7] Bob Cusack serves as the editor-in-chief, Peter Greenberger as the publisher, and Ian Swanson as managing editor.[2]

In 2014, Gurdon left for the Washington Examiner and was replaced by his managing editor, Bob Cusack.[1]

John Solomon

In 2017 owner Jimmy Finkelstein hired political commentator John Solomon as a journalist. Solomon reported directly to Finkelstein which removed him entirely from normal editorial oversight.[9] Solomon regularly inserted material from advertisers into journalistic copy, leading to protests from The Hill's publisher, who subsequently left the paper.[10] Eventually Solomon was rebranded as an opinion contributor.[11] In March 2018 he published an interview and series of columns that promoted a conspiracy theory regarding Ukraine advanced by associates of Rudy Giuliani.[10] This led to further outcry from staff.

2019

In January 2019, WarnerMedia's CNN reported that Finkelstein was interfering in the editorial independence of the paper in an inappropriate way to minimize criticism of American President Donald Trump. They reported that staff were "in revolt" over Finkelstein's ownership style.[9]

In September John Solomon left The Hill.[9]

2020

As of 2020, the newspaper claims to have more than 24,000 print readers.[2] The Hill is distributed for free in newspaper boxes around the U.S. Capitol building, and mailed directly to all congressional offices.

The founder's son, James "Jimmy" A. Finkelstein, serves as its chairman[2].

In January of 2020 Politico reported that the owner is shopping The Hill around.[12]

Columnists

Current

Past

Hill TV

In June 2018, The Hill launched Hill TV, a digital news channel. The channel features Rising, a daily morning news program hosted by Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti. They have launched other web series, such as Why You Should Care with Jamal Simmons.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c Yingling, Jennifer (2014-07-28). "The Hill names Bob Cusack Editor in Chief". The Hill. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Who we are". The Hill. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  3. ^ "The Hill: 'An investment in the arts is an investment in economic growth'". Americans for the Arts Action Fund. February 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "New paper to vie for readers on Capitol Hill". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "New and Old Political Media Are Battling for Dominance in the Century's Wildest Election". AdWeek. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  6. ^ "Contact Us". The Hill. July 18, 2018 [First published August 5, 2009]. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Mcfadden, Robert D. (November 28, 2012). "Jerry Finkelstein, New York Power Broker, Dies at 96". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Alicia Mundy (1996-12-02). "The In-Your-Face Race" (PDF). Mediaweek. p. 20. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  9. ^ a b c Stelter, Brian; Darcy, Oliver (January 18, 2019). "Jimmy Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill, has flown under the radar. But he's played a key role in the Ukraine scandal". CNN Business. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Jake Pearson, Mike Spies, J. David McSwane (2019-10-25). "How a Veteran Reporter Worked with Giuliani's Associates to Launch the Ukraine Conspiracy". ProPublica. Retrieved 2020-02-24.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  11. ^ Erik Wemple (2018-05-14). "The Hill's John Solomon moves to new spot as 'opinion contributor'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  12. ^ LIPPMAN, DANIEL; NGUYEN, TINA. "The Hill's owner seeks potential buyers, investors". Jimmy Finkelstein, owner of The Hill, is shopping his publication … to various media owners
  13. ^ "Buck Sexton helps launch Hill.tv with debut of new daily morning show "Rising with Krystal & Buck"". Premiere Networks. 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

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