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The Traverse City Record-Eagle is a daily morning newspaper that circulates in 13 counties in northwest lower Michigan.

It distributes through a region that includes Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee 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, hiking trails, wineries and restaurants.

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 CNHI, LLC, 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.

Throughout the changes that have occurred in recent years, the Record-Eagle has remained steadfast to its mission. We deliver to the people of these communities significant news affecting their daily lives. We feature in-depth news reports of key local and regional issues; stories on regional business trends; complete sports coverage; specialty reports on schools, health and higher education; and lifestyle reports chronicling everything from area entertainment events to local social trends.

In short, we report on aspects of hometown life important to our readers while providing merchants large and small with an efficient vehicle to promote their goods and services.

Only the Record-Eagle can provide the reach and response in our market area. This is why the Record-Eagle is the preferred medium for advertisers in reaching our market — and it's been that way for more than 150 years.

Comments policy

The Record-Eagle enthusiastically welcomes comments on posts, stories and other content.

We simply ask all commenters to be respectful and maintain civil conversations.

We strongly believe in the right of all our community members to voice their thoughts and opinions. We also strongly believe in keeping conversations respectful. Comments will be deleted if they contain false, libelous information; unverified private information; personal attacks or threats; profanity; racist, sexist, demeaning, violent or hateful speech; are spam or off topic; or may violate copyright or trademark rights.

We reserve the right to ban commenters who violate these principles.

We will publish opinions that some find offensive; strident conversation; criticism of political officials and policy; and opinions that may provoke counter and other opinions.

We publish verified, documented information from official sources.

Please feel free to contact Record-Eagle staff members with any questions regarding commenting or content, especially if you would like to recommend a correction to a story. You can message us directly via social media, email or call 231-946-2000.