The Traverse City Record-Eagle is a daily morning newspaper that circulates in 13 counties in northwest Lower Michigan.
Its circulation is more than 29,000 Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, it distributes 40,000+ newspapers through a region that includes Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Otsego and Wexford counties, and limited portions of neighboring counties.
The Record-Eagle also publishes a variety of other publications including a monthly real estate guide and many specialty sections throughout the year.
The Grand Traverse region is an area of deep green woods, sparkling blue-green lakes, miles of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline and thriving communities that base their economies on a mixture of tourism, service and industry.
Tourism is an important part of the local economy. People come to the area in the summer to enjoy the woods and beaches, in fall for color foliage tours and deer hunting, in winter for downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, and in spring for morel mushroom hunting. The region's attractions include Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Interlochen Center for the Arts, several lighthouses and the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve. People flock to the area's many ski areas, golf courses, tall sailing ships and hiking trails.
Automotive-related manufacturing contributes heavily to the area's economy, as do production of cherries, apples, frozen foods, wine and plastic products.
The Record-Eagle is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., a parent company for daily, weekly and semiweekly newspapers published in more than 200 communities throughout the United States.
History of the Record-Eagle
On November 3, 1858, Morgan Bates published the first edition of the Grand Traverse Herald, a weekly paper proud of its stance against slavery and balanced reporting of local and national issues. That first paper primarily served Traverse City, an outpost in northern Michigan's wilderness. Since those early beginnings we have grown to become the largest and dominant source of news and advertising information for the 13 counties of northwest lower Michigan. Throughout the years the newspaper has evolved to meet the increasing needs of its readers and advertisers.