Dallas Morning News

Major daily newspaper serving the Dallas, Texas area, with over 400,000 daily subscribers. It was founded on October 1, 1885, by Alfred Horatio Belo.
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Primary geographic focus: Texas
Organization type(s): Media

The Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885 as a spin-off of the Galveston Daily News by Alfred Horatio Belo. In 1926, the Belo family sold a majority interest in the paper to its longtime publisher, George Dealey.

In late 1991, The Dallas Morning News became the lone major newspaper in the Dallas market when the Dallas Times Herald was closed after several years of circulation wars between the two papers, especially over the then-burgeoning classified advertising market. In July 1986, theTimes Herald was purchased by William Dean Singleton, owner of MediaNews Group. After 18 months of efforts to turn the paper around, Singleton sold it to an associate. On 8 December 1991, Belo bought the Times Herald for $55 million, closing the paper the next day.

Today it has one of the 20 largest paid circulations in the United States. Throughout the 1990s and as recently as 2010, the paper has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes for reporting and photography, George Polk Awards for education reporting and regional reporting, and an Overseas Press Club award for photography. The company has its headquarters in Downtown Dallas.


News Story

ICE is ordering immigrants to appear in court, but the judges aren’t expecting them

Dianne Solis
Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2018
They’d been ordered to be in court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But their official notices to appear on Sept. 13 were greeted by court staffers who matter-of-factly called them “fake dates.”


Hurricane Harvey creates huge need for legal aid

Eva Guzman
Dallas Morning News
October 26, 2017
After an event as catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed property and tore apart lives, legal needs continue for years. For people already stripped of their worldly possessions, more trials are to come. That is where legal aid comes in.

News Story

Rape survivors on mission to help others through Dallas Catholic Charities program

Dianne Solis
Dallas Morning News
May 9, 2016
Last year, Catholic Charities was awarded a $150,000 state grant to help immigrant sexual assault victims with therapy and legal aid.


Why Texas’ poor should blow kisses at all-Republican, all-conservative Texas Supreme Court

Dave Lieber
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2016
The Texas Supreme court ruled that poor people who show they’re broke can still use the courts.


Domestic violence victims should get free attorneys

Denise Grab
Dallas Morning News
July 23, 2015
A case for providing a lawyer to victims of domestic violence.

Letter to Editor

Texas Supreme Court justices praise legal aid

Nathan L. Hecht, Eva Guzman
Dallas Morning News
June 9, 2015
In this LTE, Supreme Court Justices of Texas applauds the legislatures decision to increase funding for civil legal aid.


Additional legal aid funding is a note of compassion from legislature

Rudolph Bush
Dallas Morning News
June 4, 2015
In this editorial, the Dallas Morning News applauds the Texas state legislature for increasing funding for civil legal aid.


Texas must expand funding for legal aid

Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2015
It’s time to do something to increase the available funding for legal aid to Texas’ needy residents, argues Dallas Morning News in this editorial.

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