‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ to Celebrate 180th Anniversary

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Amid hard times for the newspaper industry, The Philadelphia Inquirer celebrates its 180th anniversary with a special edition on Sunday and a reprint of its first-ever edition on Monday.

Despite struggles including the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization of its parent company, Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney predicts more anniversaries to come.

Tierney says survival depends on economic recovery and revived real estate and auto advertising, as well as the reorganization of the company’s debts in bankruptcy court. But he says, “In 180 years, we’ve been through Civil War, depressions, World Wars, booms and busts and we’re still standing.”

Sunday’s insert describes progression from shipping and Civil War news to baseball coverage and construction of Philadelphia’s modern skyline. Monday’s paper will include a replica of The Pennsylvania Inquirer from June 1, 1829.

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