The newspapers’ mission is entirely local. The Daily News-Sun is full of news and features designed for retirees ranging from Baby Boomers through the Greatest Generation. Surprise Today is the local newspaper for Arizona’s fastest-growing city. And Northwest Valley News chronicles the lives, education, government and lifestyle of people and businesses in Arrowhead Ranch, Fletcher Heights, Westbrook Village, the Bell Road Corridor and emerging north Peoria.
The newspapers emerged in 1956 from humble beginnings of two mimeographed pages in Youngtown to become the only local daily newspaper serving the West Valley suburbs of metropolitan Phoenix and the most widely circulated papers in the Northwest Valley, and the news on the newspapers that you can also view on stream tv box.
Here is a timeline of the
1958 – In poor health since moving to Youngtown, Adams dies on Aug. 31. Lambert assumes the ownership and operation of The Youngtown News.
1960 – Six months after the Webb company begins selling houses in the fledging Sun City, Lambert changes the newspaper’s name to the Youngtown News and Sun City Sun. The paper also revamps its slogan: “Youngtown’s First Newspaper and Now Sun City’s First.”
1977 – The News-Sun becomes the Daily News-Sun, publishing six days a week.
1984 – The Freireichs sell the Daily News-Sun to Ottaway Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co. Inc.
1995 – The Prospector, a tabloid forerunner of the Northwest Valley News, begins publication in Glendale/Peoria on Jan. 13.
1996 – Surprise Today begins as a monthly tabloid.
1997 – Ottaway announces the sale of the newspapers to Thomson Newspapers. Sister publications include the East Valley Tribune and Ahwatukee Foothills News.
1999 – Surprise Today becomes a weekly tabloid publication and expands circulation.
2000 – Freedom Communications Inc., owner of 28 daily and 37 weekly newspapers plus eight television stations, becomes the owner of the Daily News-Sun and its assets in a sale that involves all newspapers in Thomson’s Arizona holdings.
2001 – Surprise Today changes to a broadsheet publication and expands circulation. The Prospector changes to the Northwest Valley News and also becomes a broadsheet newspaper with expanded circulation.
Today – The three publications of the Northwest Valley Newspapers group, plus the free Daily News-Sun Plus weekly publication that reaches all of the Sun Cities, covers the distinct communities that make up the Northwest Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. The publications saturate the Northwest Valley and are delivered to nearly 120,000 households, reaching a quarter of a million readers – by far the greatest penetration of any publication circulation in the area.
The Daily News-Sun offers news, lifestyle and financial information mainly to the retirement audience in Sun City, Sun City West and Sun City Grand, plus seniors in Glendale, Peoria and Surprise.
Surprise Today is the hometown newspaper covering Surprise and El Mirage, while the Northwest Valley News provides local news, sports and entertainment to residents of Peoria and Glendale.