The Cambridge Chronicle is a weekly newspaper that serves Cambridge, Massachusetts. The newspaper was founded by Andrew Reid in May 1846 and is the oldest surviving weekly newspaper in the United States. Owned by GateHouse Media, it serves 18% of Cambridge's households.[3][4]

History

Early Days

The Cambridge Chronicle was first published on May 7, 1846. A few days before, Cambridge was incorporated as a city, and Scotsman Andrew Reid seized on the opportunity to publish a weekly newspaper. Cambridge was home to the first printing press in the Colonies, and nearby Boston was home to the first newspaper. The Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick was founded in 1690, albeit short-lived. But beginning in the 18th century, Boston developed a vibrant newspaper industry.

Several newspapers were started in Cambridge. In 1775 and 1776. Cambridge was home to the New England Chronicle, earlier known as the Essex Gazette.[5] In 1840, the Cambridge Magnolia started its two years of publication.[6]

1846 to 1896

Cambridge developed a vibrant newspaper industry. The Cambridge Press was founded by James Cox in 1866. Its city editor, James W. Bean, became co-owner of the Chronicle in 1891. He set out on this venture with C. Burnside Seagrave, who had been with the Cambridge Tribune. The Cambridge Tribune from 1878 to 1966 was a competitor.[7] It had been founded by D. Gilbert Dexter, who had worked for the Boston Journal as the Cambridge correspondent. The Cambridge News was founded by Daniel A. Buckley in 1879, who used it as a medium to promote his personal views.

Since 1873, Cambridge's only daily newspaper has been The Harvard Crimson.

Editors

YearsEditor
1846-1847Andrew Reid
1847-1857John Ford
1858-1859John S. Baldwin
1859-1873George Fisher
1873-1886Lynn Boyd Parker
1886-1890F. Stanhorpe Hill
1890-1891F.H. Buffum
1891-?James W. Bean
1891-1935C. Burnside Seagrave
1935-1939?
1939-1971Eliot Spalding
1971-1989?
1989-1992Amy Miller
1992-1997John Breneman
1997-2001Ken Maguire[8]
2001-2005Deb Eisner[9]
2003-2005Michele Babineau[10]
2005-2006Deborah Eisner[11]
2006Chris Helms[12]
2006–2012David Harris[13]
2012Scott Wachtler[14][15]
Nov. 2012–presentAmy Saltzman[16]

The first publisher, Reid, died on January 4, 1847, and John Ford took over his role. Charles Burnside Seagrave served as editor and publisher for over 40 years, up to his retirement in 1935. Another influential editor of the paper was Eliot Spalding. He joined the Chronicle in 1926, and in 1939 became its editor, a role he held until 1971.

Corporate Ownership

The Dole family acquired the Cambridge Chronicle in the 1930s. They merged it with its rival paper, the Cambridge Sun, in 1935.[17] The family sold the newspapers to Fidelity Investments in 1991. It was integrated into the Community Newspaper Company, another subsidiary of Fidelity Investment, in 1996.

The Community Newspaper Company was sold to the Boston Herald's owner, Herald Media, in 2001. It was again sold to GateHouse Media, in 2006.

Cambridge TAB

In September 2012, the Chronicle merged with Tab Communications's Cambridge Tab.[17]

Production

The first editions were produced by hand press above the Holmes Grocery Store, on the corner of Magazine and Main Streets in Central Square. The paper is now printed in Framingham.

Circulation is down to 7,500 as of 2010.

The articles are also published on WickedLocal.com, a website owned by the Community Newspaper Company. The classifieds are produced and shared across Community Newspaper Company's newspapers in the Greater Boston North area.