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
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)
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(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.
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