The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Daily is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Michigan.[1] Its first edition was published on September 29, 1890. The newspaper is financially and editorially independent of the University's administration and other student groups, but shares a university building with other student publications on 420 Maynard Street, north of the Michigan Union and Huetwell Student Activities Center. In 2007, renovations to the historic building at 420 Maynard were completed, funded entirely by private donations from alumni. To dedicate the renovated building, a reunion of the staffs of The Michigan Daily, the Michiganensian yearbook, and the Gargoyle Humor Magazine was held on October 26–28, 2007.

The Michigan Daily
The Michigan Daily FrontPage.jpg
Front page view of the November 1, 2019 edition
SchoolUniversity of Michigan
Editor-in-chiefClaire Hao
Managing editorBrittany Bowman
General managerKathy Ciesinski
News editorBarbara Collins, Liat Weinstein
Opinion editorElizabeth Cook, Joel Weiner
Sports editorLane Kizziah, Kent Schwartz
Photo editorAllison Engkvist, Maddie Hinkley
FoundedSeptember 29, 1890 (1890-09-29)
HeadquartersAnn Arbor, Michigan
OCLC number9651208

The Michigan Daily is published weekly in broadsheet form during the Fall and Winter semesters and in tabloid form from May to August. Broadsheets contain a lengthy SportsWednesday Sports section and occasionally an extended, themed issue called The B-Side from the Arts section. They also include a magazine, originally titled Weekend Magazine. In the fall of 2005, the magazine was renamed The Statement, a reference to former Daily Editor in Chief Tom Hayden's Port Huron Statement. School year circulation is 7,500 copies per day. It has over 230,000 unique visitors per month to its website.[citation needed]

Following the closure of The Ann Arbor News in July 2009,[2] The Michigan Daily became the only printed daily newspaper published in Washtenaw County.[3] In 2010, a visiting former press secretary said the Daily staff had a "strong moral responsibility" to expand their coverage and try to reach a regional audience as a mainstream daily paper.[citation needed]


First issue of The Daily in 1890

In 1952, the Soviet delegate to the United Nations, F. A. Novikov, singled out the newspaper as emblematic of American warmongering. On April 12, 1955, when the success of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was announced at the University of Michigan the Daily was the first newspaper to report it. In 1957, the Daily sent a staff member to Little Rock, Arkansas who, pretending to be a student, attended classes on the first day of integration.

Activist and politician Tom Hayden, a former Daily editor in chief who helped found Students for a Democratic Society while editing the Daily, came to personify the publication's editorial philosophy during the 1960s. The paper was the subject of national press coverage when, in 1967, it urged the legalization of marijuana, and again during the Gulf War in 1991, when it called for the reinstatement of the military draft.

The Daily was instrumental in the spread of the Paul is dead urban legend. An October 14, 1969 Daily article by Fred LaBour and John Gray, entitled "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light", itemized various "clues", many of them of their own invention. Their "reporting" of McCartney's death is claimed by Beatleologist Andru J. Reeve to have been "the single most significant factor in the breadth of the rumor's spread."[4][5]

The first female editor-in-chief of the Daily was Harriett Woods, who later served in Missouri State government, ran for the Senate twice in the 1980s nearly beating John Danforth the first time, and led the National Women's Political Caucus through its Year of the Woman in 1992.

On January 28, 2014, the Daily earned national recognition for breaking news that a Michigan football player had been separated from the University for sexual misconduct.

Notable alumniEdit

Pulitzer Prize winnersEdit

Daily alumni who have won a Pulitzer Prize include:


  • 2018 Michigan College Press Association, 14 awards[8]

Managing staffsEdit

Summer 2021[9]Edit

  • Editor in Chief: Calder Lewis
  • Business Manager: Katie Lyngklip
  • Managing Editor: Madison Gagne
  • Digital Managing Editor: Allison Engkvist
  • Managing News Editors: Christian Juliano & Shannon Stocking
  • Managing Sports Editors: Josh Taubman & Max Wadley
  • Managing Arts Editors: Rosa Sofia Kaminski & Julian Wray
  • Managing Photo Editors: Becca Mahon & Dominick Sokotoff
  • Managing Design Editors: Sarah Chung & Allison Yih
  • Managing Copy Editors: Ethan Patrick & Caroline Atkinson
  • Managing Michigan in Color Editors: Eliya Imtiaz & Lola Yang
  • Managing Social Media Editors: Amelia Duffy & Zoe Storer
  • Editorial Page Editor: Mary Rolfes
  • Managing Video Editor: Margaret Rudnick
  • Managing Statement Editor: Samantha Cole


  • Editor in Chief: Claire Hao
  • Business Manager: Tara Moore
  • Managing Editor: Brittany Bowman
  • Digital Managing Editor: Jack Grieve
  • Managing News Editors: Barbara Collins & Liat Weinstein
  • Managing Sports Editors: Lane Kizziah & Kent Schwartz
  • Managing Arts Editors: Elise Godfryd & Zoe Phillips
  • Managing Photo Editors: Allison Engkvist & Maddie Hinkley
  • Managing Design Editors: Aya Salim & Samuel Turner
  • Managing Copy Editors: Madison Gagne & Olivia Bradish
  • Managing Michigan in Color Editors: Anamika Kannan & Gabrijela Skoko
  • Managing Social Media Editors: Haley Johnson & Asha Lewis
  • Editorial Page Editors: Liz Cook & Joel Weiner
  • Managing Video Editors: Iulia Dobrin & Annika Wang
  • Managing Statement Editor: Andie Horowitz
  • Managing Online Editors: Parth Dhyani & Naitian Zhou
  • Managing Podcast Editors: Emily Ohl & Gerald Sill

Summer 2020[11]Edit

  • Editor in Chief: Emma Stein
  • Business Manager: Anita Michaud
  • Managing Editor: Devak Nanua
  • Managing News Editors: Jasmin Lee & Francesca Duong
  • Managing Sports Editors: Nick Stoll & Kent Schwartz
  • Managing Arts Editor: Emily Yang
  • Managing Photo Editors: Madeline Hinkley & Julia Schachinger
  • Managing Design Editor: Hibah Mirza
  • Managing Copy Editor: Olivia Bradish
  • Managing Michigan in Color Editors: Cheryn Hong & Gabrijela Skoko
  • Managing Social Media Editors: John Grieve & Ben Korn
  • Editorial Page Editor: Brittany Bowman
  • Managing Video Editor: Iulia Dobrin
  • Managing Statement Editor: Andie Horowitz
  • Managing Online Editor: Alexander Cotignola


  • Editor in Chief: Elizabeth Lawrence
  • Business Manager: Anita Michaud
  • Managing Editor: Erin White
  • Digital Managing Editor:
  • Managing News Editors: Sayali Amin & Leah Graham
  • Managing Sports Editors: Theo Mackie & Ethan Sears
  • Managing Arts Editors: John Decker & Juliana Morano
  • Managing Photo Editors: Allison Engkvist & Annie Klusendorf
  • Managing Design Editors: Sherry Chen & Christine Jegarl
  • Managing Copy Editors: Madison Gagne & Sadia Jiban
  • Managing Michigan in Color Editors: Maya Mokh & Ana Maria Sanchez Castillo
  • Managing Social Media Editors: John Grieve & Ben Korn
  • Editorial Page Editors: Emily Considine & Miles Stephenson
  • Managing Video Editors: Alec Cohen & Eli Sider
  • Managing Statement Editor: Magdalena Mihaylova
  • Managing Online Editors: Tim Cho & Simran Pujji
  • Managing Podcast Editors: Samantha Small & Sonya Vogel


  1. ^ "Michigan Press Association list of members". Michigan Press Association. Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ann Arbor News to Close in July," Archived 2009-10-16 at the Portuguese Web Archive Ann Arbor News, 23 Mar. 2009. Accessed 23 Mar. 2009.
  3. ^ Levin, Dan (October 19, 2019). "When the Student Newspaper Is the Only Daily Paper in Town". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020.
  4. ^ McCartney interview - barefoot: Jan 31, 1974 Archived 2009-10-01 at the Wayback Machine - Retrieved: 5 August 2007
  5. ^ Glenn, Allen, "Paul is dead (said Fred)" Archived 2010-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, Michigan Today (November 11, 2009)
  6. ^ "The Virgin Islands Daily News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. ^ University of Michigan Office of Student Publications, "Office of Student Publications | University of Michigan". Archived from the original on 2005-04-04. Retrieved 2005-04-18.
  8. ^ Becher, Asif (2018-05-14). "Michigan Press Association honors The Daily with 14 awards". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  9. ^ 7129558. "06-24-2021". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-06-30.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ 7129558. "2021-02-10". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-06-30.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ 7129558. "2020-06-04". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-06-30.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ 7129558. "2020-04-08". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-06-30.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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