Traverse City Record-Eagle, Northern Michigan: history and archive

  • The Traverse City Record-Eagle is a daily newspaper serving Northern Michigan.
  • Founded in 1858 it remains an important part of local news coverage and has received over the years several awards for its community journalism.
  • You can explore the Traverse City Record-Eagle online newspaper archive with over 200,000 pages from 1897–1977.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle is a daily morning newspaper that covers news in Northern Michigan (13 Counties), including the cities of Traverse City, Cadillac, Gaylord, and Petoskey. The paper is currently owned by CNHI, LLC (formerly Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.) an American publisher of newspapers and advertising-related publications

The Traverse City Record-Eagle has a long history of serving Northern Michigan with quality journalism. From its roots as a small town paper to its current place as a regional publication, the Record-Eagle has always been dedicated to informing and engaging its readers. Today, it remains an important part of local news coverage and is recognized as one of the top newspapers in Michigan.

People come to the Grand Traverse region for different reasons throughout the year. In the summer, people come to enjoy the woods and beaches. In fall, people come for color foliage tours and deer hunting. In winter, people come for downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. People also come in spring for morel mushroom hunting. There are many things to do in the Grand Traverse region, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Interlochen Center for the Arts, several lighthouses and Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve.

The newspaper was founded on November 3, 1858 by Morgan Bates as the Grand Traverse Herald, a weekly paper covering local and national topics, proud of its position against slavery.

The Record-Eagle has been recognized over the years for its community journalism with several awards:

  • In October 2005 it was named Newspaper of the Year by both the Michigan Press Association and Inland Press Association.
  • In 2006 its web site was awarded with “Best Community News sites” and “Best Site Architecture and Design” awards.
  • Over the years It has also won other awards for public service, investigative reporting and sports writing