The Reading Eagle is the major daily newspaper in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the United States. This family-owned newspaper has a daily circulation of 49,375 and a Sunday circulation of 70,832. It serves the Reading and Berks County region of Pennsylvania.


The paper was founded on January 28, 1868.[2] It was initially an afternoon paper, published Monday through Saturday with a Sunday morning edition beginning publication some time later.

In 1940, the Eagle acquired the Reading Times, which was a morning paper, but they remained separate papers.[3][4][5] The staff of the two papers was combined in 1982.[6] In June 2002, the Reading Times ceased publishing, and the Eagle became a morning paper.[6][7]

Author John Updike worked at the Eagle as a copyboy in his youth for several summer interships in the early 1950s, and wrote several feature articles.[8][9]

In 2009, the newspaper switched to a Berliner format and laid off 52 employees in late April of that year.[10][11]

Sunday edition

The banner on its Sunday comics section says "Biggest Comics Section in the Land",[12] although it used to be two full-size sections long. It carries half pages of Prince Valiant and Hägar the Horrible. As of 2012 it also carries the following comic strips: