The Philadelphia Inquirer is a morning daily newspaper that serves the Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer was founded by John R. Walker and John Norvell in June 1829 as The Pennsylvania Inquirer. The Philadelphia Inquirer has the nineteenth largest average weekday U.S. newspaper circulation and has won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has risen and fallen in prominence throughout its history. The Philadelphia Inquirer first became a major newspaper during the American Civil War when its war coverage was popular on both sides. The Philadelphia Inquirer 's circulation dropped after the war, then rose by the end of the 19th century. Originally supportive of the Democratic Party, The Philadelphia Inquirer 's political affiliation eventually shifted towards the Whig Party and then the Republican Party before officially becoming politically independent in the middle of the 20th century. By the end of the 1960s, The Philadelphia Inquirer trailed its chief competitor, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, and lacked modern facilities and experienced staff. In the 1970s, new owners and editors turned the newspaper into one of the country's most prominent, winning 17 Pulitzers in 15 years. Its prestige has since waned because of cost-cutting and a shift of focus to more local coverage.


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