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The Baltimore Sun
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Tribune Company
Publisher Timothy E. Ryan
Founded 1837
Headquarters 501 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21278
United States
Circulation 195,561 Daily (2009)
343,552 Sunday (2009)
ISSN 1930-8965

The Baltimore Sun is a newspaper from the U.S. state of Maryland. It is the largest general-circulation newspaper in the state. The Sun is printed daily, and it has information and news about local and regional news, events, issues, people, and industries.

The newspaper was started by Arunah Sheperdson Abell, a printer. Abell and two others founded the newspaper on May 17, 1837. The Abell family owned the paper until 1910. In 1911, the Black family was able to get a controlling interest in the paper. In 1986, the newspaper was sold to the Times-Mirror Company of Los Angeles.

The Sun is a legacy newspaper. Legacy newspapers in the United States have been doing poorly in recent years. The Sun has seen fewer readers and a smaller newsroom. Also a new free daily newspaper, The Baltimore Examiner, hurt The Sun's business. (The Examiner is no longer being printed.) In 2000, the Tribune Company of Chicago bought the Times-Mirror company.

As of 2010, there were 195,561 people who had the daily edition of The Sun delivered. There were 343,552 subscribers to the Sunday edition. On April 29, 2009, the Tribune Company announced that it would lay off 61 of the 205 staff members in the Sun newsroom. Starting on October 10, 2011, the news on The Sun's website stopped being available for free.

The Baltimore Sun is part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG). This group also produces the b free daily newspaper and more than 30 other Baltimore metropolitan-area community newspapers, magazines and Web sites. BSMG's content reaches more than one million Baltimore-area readers each week. The group is the region's most widely read source of news.

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