Frank Gannett was born in South Bristol, New York in 1876. At the age of 30 he purchased his first newspaper, the Elmira Gazette (Star-Gazette). By 1923 he formed the Gannett Corporation and by 1929 he owned 16 newspapers.
The Gannett corporation owned 22 newspapers by the time Frank died in 1957 and grew to national prominence in 1982 with the opening of USA Today, the nation’s first national newspaper.
While it is the largest newspaper company by circulation in the U.S., like many newspaper corporations, Gannett is feeling the same pressures as the rest of the industry, they have laid off journalists (many of whom are not very happy) and are shrinking the newsroom significantly.