Detroit Major Daily Newspapers Beat Blackout
Monday, August 18, 2003
DETROIT, Aug. 15 -- Last night and this morning in spite of the widespread power outage, copies of The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press were printed and distributed by Detroit Newspapers, the business agent for both newspapers. Each newspaper produced eight page editions that chronicled the events that started just after 4 p.m. on Thursday and cascaded from New York to Michigan and Ohio. The outage knocked out power to the newspaper's two printing facilities which are located in the City of Detroit and in Sterling Heights, as well as downtown offices. Friday editions of the newspapers were printed at newspaper press sites in Battle Creek (MI), Bowling Green (KY), Indianapolis (IN) and Toledo (OH). Home delivery to most customers was completed throughout the morning and early afternoon. Single copies were available for sale as early as 7:00 a.m. in newspaper vending racks and at area convenience stores and gas stations that were open for business. Frank Vega, President and CEO for Detroit Newspapers said, "The effort that our people put out last night was absolutely heroic. It was inspiring to see the teamwork and single-minded focus on providing newspaper customers with papers to read this morning. And it didn't stop here in Detroit. Our counterparts at newspapers in several cities literally came to our rescue."