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125 years of The Daily Transcript

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The National City Record, The Daily Transcript predecessor, begins publishing. William Burgess, his son and a succession of owners run the paper for the first 13 years.

April 3, 1886

The National City Record becomes The Daily Transcript.


Frank Grandier, after forming the San Diego Printing & Publishing Co., buys the paper, starting a 77-year Grandier family-run operation.


Frank Grandier moves the paper's offices to 844 Sixth St. to facilitate printing The Daily Transcript, a San Diego paper printing local news and, increasingly, news of the legal and construction communities.


Superior Court declares the paper "A newspaper of general circulation published for the dissemination of local and telegraphic news and intelligence of a general character..."

Grandier moves the business to 734 First St., between E and F streets.


The Daily Transcript's masthead proclaims it, "The Business Newspaper of Southwestern California."


Lydia Landon Grandier, wife of Frank Grandier, takes over ownership of The Daily Transcript.


First edition of the San Diego County Attorney Directory is published.


Aline Grandier Hornaday, daughter of Lydia Landon Grandier, becomes owner of the paper.


Keith Lister forms Transcript Publishing Co., acquires ownership and becomes publisher on Dec. 12, ending the 77-year Grandier ownership.

Bob Witty becomes editor.

Banner and masthead of the paper changes to the San Diego Daily Transcript.

Compugraphic system replaces typesetting equipment.


Through competitive bid, the San Diego Daily Transcript acquires the designation of the official newspaper of the city of San Diego, a title it has retained to this day through competitive bidding.

The San Diego Daily Transcript moves from First Avenue to leased space at 861 Sixth Ave.


First edition of "Soaring Dimensions," a supplement that takes an in-depth look at San Diego County's real estate and construction developments, debuts.


The San Diego Daily Transcript purchases the building at 2131 Third Ave., and moves its printing plant and operation to the new locale.


The Revelle and related families, via their company Calcomco, forms the San Diego Daily Transcript Co. and acquires the newspaper. William Revelle, son of Roger Revelle, is chairman.

The San Diego Daily Transcript celebrates its 100-year anniversary.


William Revelle presents the first version of Mosaic to the Transcript managers, indicating that the future of news, data and information lay with the Web.


Keith Lister retires after 21 years as publisher.

Ellen C. Revelle is appointed publisher. Ellen C. Revelle is the widow of oceanographer Roger Revelle, granddaughter of Detroit News founder James E. Scripps and grandniece of E.W. Scripps, founder of the Scripps Howard newspaper chain.

Robert L. Loomis is made vice president and chair of the three-person executive committee.

Martin Kruming is named vice president and director of operations.

Gary Shaw is named to vice president and editor.

An information technology department is formed. An internal network and personal computers replace the Compugraphic system.


Robert L. Loomis is appointed general manager.

San Diego Source at sddt.com launches. The first newspaper in Southern California to publish a digital edition on the Web.

Andrew Kleske named managing editor, information director and, subsequently, editor.


San Diego County Attorney Directory publishes first digital edition online.


First edition of the "San Diego SourceBook," an annual publication containing data and information about San Diego County and its market segments, publishes in print and online.


Ellen C. Revelle becomes publisher emeriti until her death in May 2009.

Robert L. Loomis is named publisher.

Reo Carr is brought in as editor-in-chief.

San Diego Source converts from a free to paid-only Web site.


The Online Plan Room, a source for finding plans, bid projects and new jobs, is established and made available to the construction industry.


Banner and masthead reverts to The Daily Transcript to emphasize our coverage of the entire region.

The Daily Transcript launches first e-mail newsletter, "Today's Headlines."


San Diego Source celebrates 10-year anniversary and launches new digital products to keep the business community informed of breaking news events.


To make news available immediately to our readers, a Breaking News Desk is established to further expedite delivery of news to the San Diego business community.

The Daily Transcript publishes its inaugural edition of San Diego Top Attorneys on Aug. 11.


Joe Guerin is named editor and George Chamberlin is named executive editor.


First news video is posted on the San Diego Source in June.

The Daily Transcript hosts first CEO Roundtable, bringing industry leaders together for an on-the-record discussion with Transcript reporters.


The Daily Transcript adds a Kindle edition and launches the San Diego Source mobile site at m.sddt.com.


The Daily Transcript and San Diego Source introduces a digital edition of the newspaper online.


The Daily Transcript and San Diego Source video tapes and posts online first hour-long roundtable discussion on the economy.


The Daily Transcript celebrates 125th anniversary and San Diego Source observes 17th.

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