Centre Daily Times
3400 E. College Ave.
State College, PA 16801-7528
Vision: The Centre Daily Times is our community connector. We are passionate about our responsibility as Centre County’s most compelling and trustworthy information source through our newspaper, digital platforms and niche publications. We build success through a fierce commitment to creating essential products for our community. We strive to be the best news organization in Centre County and one of the best small news organizations in the nation.
Founded: The Weekly Times was founded in 1898 and later renamed The State College Times. In 1934, the paper became a daily, the Centre Daily Times. It was purchased by Knight Ridder in 1979. A Saturday a.m. edition was added in 1980 and a Sunday edition in 1982. The Centre Daily Times became a morning paper in 1986. The Centre Daily Times was purchased by The McClatchy Co. in 2006 with McClatchy’s acquisition of Knight Ridder.
Janet Santostefano, President/Publisher
Jessica McAllister, Executive Editor
Erik Brown, Director of Finance
Karen Mrsa, Director of Human Resources
General Hiring Contact: Human Resources Director Karen Mrsa: 814-231-6469 or e-mail Karen Mrsa
Distinction: The hometown newspaper for Pennsylvania State University, one of the most well-known and largest universities in the country with more than 45,000 students attending the University Park campus. The Nittany Lions fuel much of this attention. Penn State is Centre County’s largest employer.
Market: The region is evenly divided among rural, primarily farm, communities and the urban, university town. It is also divided among conservatives and liberals, Penn State-related and non-Penn State families. Education – both public and university – is a hot topic, as is the conservation of our many acres of woodlands and preserving the quality of low-crime rural life.
Circulation Area: Home delivery is available to all of Centre County and parts of Blair, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties. Our digital offerings have an even wider footprint, with many PSU alumni keeping up to date on the Centre County area and PSU sports.
Site: A 40,000-square-foot main office and production plant located between State College and Bellefonte.
Readership: 39,550 daily; 64,500 Sunday
Circulation: 14,978 Monday through Thursday; 15,820 Friday; 15,437 Saturday; 25,797 Sunday (Alliance for Audited Media Q-2 2015 Quarterly Data Report).
Carrier Force: Independent contractors.
Production: Seven Goss Urbanite offset units, Harris 1372 inserter
Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors:
• 3.3 million page views
• 406,000 unique visitors
Location: The exact center of the state of Pennsylvania is in this county. State College is 142 miles east of Pittsburgh, 192 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 90 miles northwest of the state capital, Harrisburg.
Climate: Four distinct seasons with moderate temperatures and rainfall compared with most of the Northeast. Average snowfall 45 inches; average rainfall 36 inches; summer temperatures average 80 degrees; winter temperatures average 20 degrees.
Tourist Attractions: Penn State sports; Bryce Jordan Center, which hosts sporting and big-name entertainment events; 13 state parks; nearby Amish enclaves; caves, including Penn’s Cave, the only all-water cave attraction in the United States; Boalsburg, the self-proclaimed birthplace of Memorial Day; the Grange Fair; the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, home of the State College Spikes.
Recreation: Hunting; fishing; boating; camping; hiking; swimming; biking; snow skiing; golf; tennis.
Nightlife: Numerous restaurants and bars; Tussey Mountain Ski Resort; Penn State sporting events; Bryce Jordan Center concert events; three movie theaters, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center; Boal Barn Playhouse.
Claim to Fame: Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Famous Citizens: Author/historian Jeff Wert; major league baseball player Stan Belinda; the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Trivia: In 1855, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Society opened Farmer’s High School as a college of agricultural science. In 1862, the state General Assembly designated Penn State as its sole land-grant institution. Penn State is one of the few U.S. universities with an on-campus creamery. Ice cream manufacturers from all over (even Ben & Jerry) attend Penn State for ice cream-making expertise.
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