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This article is about the Chicago newspaper. For the Canadian newspaper, see Owen Sound Sun Times.
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TypeDaily newspaper

OwnerSun-Times Media Group


The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. Although its circulation (particularly home-delivery) and advertising revenue are smaller than the rival Chicago Tribune, the Sun-Times makes more money on the newsstand. The Sun-Times is an urban tabloid, designed with hard-to-ignore front pages in an easily-carried format ideal for commuters on the 'L', Chicago's rapid transit.

In 1978, the newspaper conducted the controversial Mirage Tavern investigation, in which undercover reporters operated a bar and caught city officials taking bribes on camera. In 2005 Editor & Publisher named the Sun-Times as one of the "10 That Do It Right." "(The Sun-Times) deserved a Pulitzer Prize this year: No winner actually accomplished as much for its hometown as the continuing "Clout on Wheels" series."

The Sun-Times's best-known writers are the prominent Washington veteran Robert Novak and the influential film critic Roger Ebert. The newspaper gave a start in journalism to now disgraced Bob Greene. Legendary Chicago columnist Mike Royko, previously of the defunct Chicago Daily News, came to the paper in 1978 but left for the Tribune in 1984 when the Sun-Times was purchased by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Irv Kupcinet's daily column was a fixture from 1943 until his death in 2003. Current Sun-Times writers of note include Richard Roeper, Mary Mitchell, Zay N. Smith, Jay Mariotti, Neil Steinberg, Rick Telander, and Jim DeRogatis.

Lynn Sweet is the Washington Bureau Chief.

The paper grew out of the 1948 merger of the Chicago Sun and the Chicago Daily Times. Before Murdoch, the newspaper was for a time owned by Field Enterprises, controlled by the Marshall Field family. In 1984 Field sold the paper to News Corp, and the paper's style grew toward suitemate New York Post urban tabloid. After Murdoch, the Sun-Times was acquired by Hollinger International, controlled, indirectly, by controversial Canadian born businessman Conrad Black. After Black and his associate David Radler were indicted for skimming money from Hollinger International, through retaining noncompete payments from the sale of Hollinger newspapers, they were removed from the board, and Hollinger International was renamed as the Sun-Times Media Group.

In January 2004, after a six-month investigation, the paper broke the story of the Hired Truck Program scandal.

The movie Continental Divide (1981) featured a Sun-Times columnist as a leading character. In the television series Early Edition, the main character mysteriously receives a copy of the Chicago Sun-Times that will be published tomorrow, making him aware of the immediate future.

According to the 2005 World Almanac, the Chicago Sun-Times is the 13th most widely distributed newspaper in the United States.

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