Seattle P-I Prints Final Issue Today

Seattle's oldest newspaper switching to online-only edition

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 17, 2009 2:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Seattle will become America's latest one-newspaper town after the final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer rolls off the presses today, the Seattle Times reports. Publisher Hearst is switching the 146-year-old newspaper to an online-only edition and laying off almost all of its 167 staff after it was unable to find a buyer.

Hearst said it would aim to make the P-I website the region's leading news and information portal, and to eventually make it into a profitable business. "Tonight we'll be putting the paper to bed for the last time. But the bloodline will live on," editor Mike Grogan told a newsroom of saddened, but not surprised, staffers. Three times the usual number of copies will be printed to meet expected demand for the last edition of Seattle's oldest newspaper.

A pair of workers stand atop the landmark globe on the roof of the building housing the 'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' during maintenance work.
A pair of workers stand atop the landmark globe on the roof of the building housing the 'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' during maintenance work.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)
'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' photographer Karen Ducey shoots other media outside the newsroom of the paper yesterday.
'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' photographer Karen Ducey shoots other media outside the newsroom of the paper yesterday.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This is the newspaper's front page from July 17, 1897, which reports news of the Alaskan gold rush.
This is the newspaper's front page from July 17, 1897, which reports news of the Alaskan gold rush.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' staffers hug yesterday after being told today's paper will be the newspaper's final print edition.
'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' staffers hug yesterday after being told today's paper will be the newspaper's final print edition.   (Seattle Post-Intelligencer/Dan DeLong)
The iconic globe of the 'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' is seen on newspaper boxes stacked outside The 'Seattle Times.'
The iconic globe of the 'Seattle Post-Intelligencer' is seen on newspaper boxes stacked outside The 'Seattle Times.'   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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This is not what I would call a happy day, but the city isn't losing the P-I. We're not going away. We're going online. - Seattle Post-Intelligencer publisher
Roger Oglesby

The P-I chronicled everything from the Klondike Gold Rush to the evolution of our business sector from Boeing to Microsoft. That's a lot of history. - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire

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