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The first newspaper to be published in Maryland was the Maryland Gazette printed in Annapolis by William Parks in September 1727. Though it has not maintained continuous printing since then, the Maryland Gazette still appears in a twice-weekly edition covering northern Anne Arundel County. Formerly based in Glen Burnie, it moved to Annapolis in May 2009.

First printed in 1773, the Baltimore American became a fixture in Baltimore as the first newspaper to publish the “Star-Spangled Banner”. Subsequnetly, as the paper changed owners and merged with other papers, it was renamed the Baltimore Advertiser, The Baltimore Intellegencer, and later the Baltimore News-Post. Despite these changes in name over the years, the American was the city’s longest running paper until it ceased publication in 1986.

Today, the largest newspaper in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun, first went to print on May 17, 1837. Founded by Arunah S. Abell, the newspaper remained family-run until 1910. It is believed that Abell did the typesetting himself for what was then a small newspaper and maintained only a handful of employees for the first printing. Now, the Baltimore Sun is read by more than 1 million people each week.

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