Phoenix New Times

Phoenix New Times is a free digital and print media company based in Phoenix, Arizona. New Times publishes daily online coverage of local news, restaurants, music and arts, as well as longform narrative journalism. A weekly print issue circulates every Thursday. The company has been owned by Voice Media Group since January 2013, when a group of senior executives bought out the founding owners.[2][3][4] Stuart Warner was named editor of New Times in January 2017.[5]

Phoenix New Times
TypeMedia Company
FormatWebsite / Weekly tabloid
Owner(s)Voice Media Group
PublisherKurtis Barton
EditorStuart Warner
FoundedSeptember 1970 (1970-09) (as New Times)
Headquarters1201 E. Jefferson
Phoenix, Arizona 85034, USA
Circulation79,440 (2013)[1]


The paper was founded in 1970 by a group of students at Arizona State University, led by Frank Fiore, Karen Lofgren, Michael Lacey, Bruce Stasium, Nick Stupey, Gayle Pyfrom, Hal Smith, and later, Jim Larkin, as a counterculture response to the Kent State shootings in the spring of that year. Gary Brennan played a role in its creation. According to the 20th Anniversary issue of the New Times, published on May 2, 1990, Fiore suggested that the anti-war crowd put out its own paper. The first summer issues were called the Arizona Times and assembled in the staff's La Crescenta apartments across from ASU. The Arizona Times was renamed the New Times as the first college issue went to press in September 1970.

Arrest controversy

In October 2007, Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested Lacey and Larkin on charges of revealing secret grand jury information concerning the investigations of the New Times's long-running feud with Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio. In July 2004, the New Times published Arpaio's home address in the context of a story about his real estate dealings, which the County Attorney's office was investigating as a possible crime under Arizona state law. A special prosecutor served Village Voice Media with a subpoena ordering it to produce "all documents" related to the original real estate article, as well as "all Internet web site traffic information" to a number of articles that mentioned Arpaio. The prosecutor further ordered Village Voice Media to produce the IP addresses of all visitors to the Phoenix New Times website since January 1, 2004, as well as which websites those readers had been to prior to visiting. As an act of "civil disobedience",[6] Lacey and Larkin published the contents of the subpoena on or about October 18, which resulted in their arrests the same day.[7] On the following day, the county attorney dropped the case after declining to pursue charges against the two.[8]

The special prosecutor's subpoena included a demand for the names of all people who had read the Arpaio story on the newspaper's website. It was the revealing of the subpoena information by the New Times which led to the arrests.[9] Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas dropped the charges less than 24 hours after the two were arrested.[10]

In the weeks following the arrests, members of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, of which the Phoenix New Times is a member, provided links on their websites to places where Arpaio's address could be found.[11] This was done to show solidarity with the Phoenix New Times.

In February 2008, the paper filed a formal notice of claim, which is required by Arizona law before suing government officials.[12][13]

In December 2013, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay Phoenix New Times founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin $3.75 million to settle their false arrest lawsuit against the county defendants.[14]


  1. ABC
  2. "Village Voice Media Holding's 13 Alternative Newsweeklies Sold to Newly Formed Voice Media Group". AltWeeklies. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. "Village Voice Alt-Weekly Chain Sold In Management Buyout". Forbes. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  4. "Westword ownership to be based in Denver, again, after Voice Media Group deal". Westword. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. "Stuart Warner Named Editor of Phoenix New Times". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin (October 18, 2007). "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2007-10-20. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. Sheriff's deputies arrest New Times owners.
  8. "No Charges for Execs Arrested in 'Phoenix Times' Case". Editor & Publisher. Associated Press. October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
  9. Carr, David (2007-10-19). "Media Executives Arrested in Phoenix". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
  10. Anglen, Robert (2007-10-20). "Amid uproar, county attorney drops charges against 'New Times'". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
  11. "Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times". Ithaca Times. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  12. "Phoenix New Times Files Prelude to Lawsuit in Grand Jury Probe Fiasco". Association of Alternative Weeklies. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
  13. Kiefer, Michael (2008-02-21). "'New Times' executives intend to sue Maricopa County over arrest". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
  14. Lee, Michelle Ye Hee; Nucgaek Juefer (20 December 2013). "Maricopa County supervisors settle lawsuits filed by 'New Times' founders, Stapley". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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