Houston Post

The Houston Post was a newspaper that had its headquarters in Houston, Texas, United States.[1] In 1995, the newspaper shut down, and its assets were purchased by the Houston Chronicle.

Defunct American newspaper published in Houston, Texas

The Houston Post
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founded February 18, 1880
Language English
Ceased publication April 18, 1995
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States

Houston Chronicle plant, former headquarters of the Houston Post

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Gail Borden Johnson founded the Houston Post on February 19, 1880. He expanded the paper by acquiring the Houston Telegraph, the legacy of the Telegraph and Texas Register, which operated the first press in Texas after the Texas Revolution.[2] By 1884, however, the paper was financially distressed, when William R. Baker led a group of investors to bailout the publication. Despite their efforts, the original publication ceased in October 1884. The Houston Post was re-established with the merger of the Houston Morning Chronicle and the Houston Evening Journal on April 5, 1885. J. L. Watson was the business manager and Rienzi M. Johnston was the editor. Watson implemented the use of linotype machines to replace the process of manual typesetting. He gained financial control of the paper through acquiring more stock in the company.[3]

Short story writer O. Henry worked briefly for the Post in 1895 and 1896. He had to leave his position at the Post when he was indicted for embezzlement from previous employment at a bank in Austin.[citation needed]

From 1924 to 1983, the Post was owned by the Hobby family, who also began Houston’s first radio station, KPRC (AM) in 1925. Amid declining sales, the Post was sold in 1983 to the Toronto Sun. H&C Communications was created in the aftermath of the sale for the Hobby family to retain control of the broadcasting assets that consisted of TV stations across the U.S., especially local NBC affiliate KPRC-TV, and radio station KPRC (AM). Four years later, MediaNews Group, led by William Dean Singleton, bought the paper.

The Houston Post building, in the 1970s, had contemporary artwork, slate floors, and wood-grain concrete walls. Tours of the building and its facilities were given at the time.[4]

The Houston Post later closed permanently, with the final edition printed on April 18, 1995. Its assets and liabilities were acquired by Hearst Corporation, the publisher of the Posts rival daily Houston Chronicle. The Hearst Corporation acquired the Houston Post headquarters, which included the newspaper’s printing facilities and five offset press lines. Hearst began to use the facilities as part of the production of the Houston Chronicle.[5]Houston Chronicle newspapers were distributed to former Houston Post subscribers.[6] The facility now serves as a Houston Chronicle plant and the headquarters of the Houston Chronicle Spanish newspaper La Voz de Houston.[7]

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