The Repository

The Repository is an American daily local newspaper serving the Canton, Ohio area. It is currently owned by Gannett.

The Repository
TypeDaily newspaper
EditorRich Desrosiers
FoundedMarch 30, 1815 (1815-03-30), as The Ohio Repository[1]
Headquarters500 Market Avenue South,
Canton, Ohio 44702, United States
Circulation56,789 weekdays
53,386 Saturdays
69,638 Sundays in 2012[2]
Sister newspapersThe Independent
"The Review"
The Suburbanite
The Times-Reporter


Founded March 30, 1815, by John Saxton, it started as a weekly called The Ohio Repository, and began publishing seven days a week in 1892.[3] Historically, it had strong Republican connections, most notably with President William McKinley, who was married to Ida Saxton McKinley, the granddaughter of the paper's founder.[3] The paper would change from The Ohio Repository to The Canton Repository to the current The Repository.

Brush-Moore Newspapers purchased The Repository in 1927; Thomson Newspapers purchased Brush-Moore in 1967. Copley Press bought the paper in 2000 when Thomson decided to leave the newspaper business. It was acquired in April 2007 by GateHouse Media.[4] The paper has a staff of about 300.[5]

The Repository is related to three other Northeast Ohio newspapers, the dailies The Independent of Massillon, The Review of Alliance, Ohio and The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia, and the weekly The Suburbanite in southern Summit County.

The Canton Daily News

The Repository purchased The Canton Daily News in 1927, the year after the gangland assassination of its editor Don Mellett.[6] Months before it was purchased, The Canton Daily News was awarded the 1927 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, "for its brave, patriotic and effective fight for the ending of a vicious state of affairs brought about by collusion between city authorities and the criminal element, a fight which had a tragic result in the assassination of the editor of the paper, Mr. Don R. Mellett".[7] Established in 1833 as the Stark County Democrat, The Canton Daily News ceased publication July 3, 1930.[8]

Sister publications

The Repository's sister publications include:[9]

  • The Independent
  • Friday Night Ohio
  • The Times-Reporter
  • The Alliance Review
  • Calendar of Ohio
  • The Suburbanite


  1. "About The Ohio Repository". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  2. "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  3. "The Repository". Canton Repository. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  4. "GateHouse Media Completes Acquisition of 9 Publications in Northeastern Ohio and Central Illinois". GateHouse Media, Inc. April 11, 2007. Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  5. Strupp, Joe (June 21, 2007). "Missing Pregnant Woman Story Draws Record Interest for Ohio Paper". Editor and Publisher.
  6. Kalan, Sherry. "Donald R. Mellett, 1969". Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  7. "Canton (Ohio) Daily News". The 1927 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Public Service. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  8. "About Canton daily news. (Canton, Ohio) 1912-1930". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  9. "The Repository". The Repository. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
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