The Times Leader, a Civitas Media property, covers Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Our seven-day print product is the largest newspaper in Civitas and the flagship of The Times Leader Media Group, a collection of print and digital products that cover the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area.
Our website, timesleader.com, is the most-read news website in Luzerne County.
The Times Leader is headquartered at 15 N. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre, just off Public Square. We also have offices in Pittston and Clarks Summit.
In 1797, the Wilkes-Barre Gazette and Luzerne Advertiser became the first newspaper to serve the Wyoming Valley. Since then, a variety of community weeklies, foreign language publications and political notices have come and gone.
Today’s Times Leader traces its beginnings to 1907, when Fred C. Kirkendall and Col. Ernest G. Smith combined their newspapers, the Wilkes-Barre Times and the Times Leader.
The Times Leader continued for 32 years until 1939, when a major strike forced its merger with the Wilkes-Barre Record and the Evening News to form the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company.
Col. Ernest Smith Continued to play a major role in running the company, as did John A. Hourigan, Dr. Frederick Johnson, and Harrison Smith. Despite their shared ownership, Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company produced two highly competitive newspapers: The Wilkes-Barre Record (mornings) and the Times Leader Evening News (evenings).
In 1972, after the flood caused by the remains of Hurricane Agnes devastated the Wyoming Valley, the newspapers combined to form one publication with the unwieldy name Wilkes Barre Times Leader/The Evening News/Wilkes-Barre Record. Then, in 1978, the paper was purchased by Capital Cities Corp. and renamed the Times Leader.
The past decades have seen many changes at the Times Leader. A highly successful Sunday edition began publication in 1987. The newspaper had published under various owners until 2013, when Civitas Media was formed. The Times Leader is the flagship of Civitas Media, which is owned by Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management.
In 1997, a state-of-art $15 million press was installed, bringing the Times Leader into the new millennium with the newest printing technologies. That press received over $700,000 in upgrades in 2014.
In 1989, the Times Leader acquired the Sunday Dispatch, which serves Greater Pittston. The Dallas Post, serving the Back Mountain, and the Abington Journal, serving the Abingtons, joined the Times Leader family in 2000. The company formed Weekender in 1993. From its humble beginnings, Weekender has grown to be the most popular A&E weekly in a seven-county area.
Combined with its award-winning digital portfolio — timesleader.com, iOS and Android apps, and social media — the Times Leader has the largest audience in Luzerne County.