On June 5, 1915, The Anchorage Times published its first issue. The newspaper was founded by Ted Needham and L. Frank Shaw as the Pioneer-News. The first headline story was “Status of the New Townsite.” (At the time, the town was a tent city on Ship Creek next to Cook Inlet, where part of the Alaska Railroad was being constructed.) The U. S. Post Office Service gave the town the name Anchorage. In 1916, the newspaper’s name was changed to The Anchorage Daily Times & Cook Inlet Pioneer.
Over time, the paper evolved and grew larger as the city did. In the 1930s, Robert Atwood became the editor-publisher. Atwood was a big promoter of local businesses and instrumental in Alaska becoming a state. The Anchorage Times held a vital part of Alaska’s communications for generations. After the decline of newspaper subscriptions in general and fierce completion from another local paper, The Anchorage Times shut down in the 1990s.
I grew up reading The Anchorage Times, and I hope its legacy of journalism continues for all. Let’s support our local and other newspapers as much as we can. Now more than ever, we need journalists who will inform us with accurate news.