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.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)
'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.   (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/Dan DeLong)
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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