Houston Post

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FoundedFebruary 18, 1880
Texas newspaper, closed in 1995

The Houston Post was a US newspaper.


The Houston Post broke the story of the connection between John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot and nearly killed Ronald Reagan in 1981, and the Bush family.[1]


Gail Borden Johnson founded the Houston Post on February 19, 1880. He expanded the paper by acquiring the Houston Telegraph, the legacy of the Telegraph and Texas Register, which operated the first press in Texas after the Texas Revolution.[2] By 1884, however, the paper was financially distressed, when William R. Baker led a group of investors to bailout the publication. Despite their efforts, the original publication ceased in October 1884. The Houston Post was re-established with the merger of the Houston Morning Chronicle and the Houston Evening Journal on April 5, 1885. J. L. Watson was the business manager and Rienzi M. Johnston was the editor. Watson implemented the use of linotype machines to replace the process of manual typesetting. He gained financial control of the paper through acquiring more stock in the company.[3]

From 1924 to 1983, the Post was owned by the Hobby family, who also began Houston's first radio station, KPRC (AM) in 1925. Amid declining sales, the Post was sold in 1983 to the Toronto Sun. H&C Communications was created in the aftermath of the sale for the Hobby family to retain control of the broadcasting assets that consisted of TV stations across the U.S., especially local NBC affiliate KPRC-TV, and radio station KPRC (AM). Four years later, MediaNews Group, led by William Dean Singleton, bought the paper.

The Hearst Corporation, parent company of the Houston Chronicle, bought out the Houston Post from Consolidated Papers, Inc. on April 18, 1995, ending a 94-year-old crosstown rivalry. Hearst shut the paper down, reportedly for the purpose of eliminating local competition for readership and advertisers.

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  1. Document:Bush angle to Reagan shooting still unresolved as Hinckley walks
  2. Johnston, Marguerite (1991). Houston: The Unknown City, 1836–1946. College Station: Texas A & M University Press. pp. 92–93.
  3. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eeh04