PR Newswire to Turn 50

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By: Dave Astor

PR Newswire, which distributes content from organizations to the media, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on March 7.

The wire started in 1954 when Herbert Muschel sent out a press release from TransWorld Airlines to media in 12 cities.

Over the years, PR Newswire has distributed material about airline hijackings, the meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, the breakup of AT&T, Enron CEO Kenneth Lay’s resignation, Comcast’s unsolicited bid to buy Disney, and much more.

The company ( provides distribution and other services for about 40,000 customers worldwide. It has offices in 14 countries, and sends content to outlets in 135 countries and 30 languages.

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